Saturday, February 28, 2015

Flaying frogs

It was in 1987 that a lawsuit brought by 15-year-old Jenifer Graham of Victorville, California, U.S., resulted in several states offering an alternative to the dissection of frogs in science class. But for many middle school students, it is still a rite of passage and for good reason, according to David Evans, Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association. Not only does the anatomy extrapolate to the human body, but it's hands-on: "There's something visceral and important about the real thing. What does this particular organ feel like? How stiff is it? Is it compressible?"

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