As the new academic year begins in the U.S., there are major changes in how schools are conducting business. Districts and schools must decide whether it is safe—or even feasible—to conduct classes in person, or whether it is better to continue with remote online learning that has become the norm in many places in 2020.
NAVS views the growing use of online learning as an opportunity to educate teachers, students and parents about the many options available for learning biology and anatomy without the use of animals. Beginning with objectives for classroom learning and reviewing the methods being used to achieve these goals, NAVS is working toward a new paradigm for life-science education that focuses on 21st century opportunities.
With many schools operating on a remote basis, this is an excellent time for educators to explore the use of humane learning tools instead of relying on classroom dissection.
Many individual schools and school districts have already moved away from the use of animal specimens. Where does your school stand?
- Does your school district rely on early 20th century teaching methods for 21st century material?
- Does your school district have a policy to allow individual students to opt out of dissection?
- Are teachers being educated about the availability of non-animal options for life science learning?
NAVS offers helpful information and resources for those interested in effective and humane dissection tools. We’ve recently updated our comprehensive listing of online resources to include additional humane options for teachers and students.
As many students return to their science classrooms this school year, please contact your local school district to see where they stand on dissection. Please share the list of resources with your local schools and encourage them to invest in the future of science education.