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6 August 2000 Issue

My Dissection Experience
By [email protected]

In my 8th grade science class, I was literally forced to make the initial incision into the Sheep's eye my group had to was such a horrific event. I had written permission from my parents that was supposed to have excused me from the dissection, but my teacher thought I was just doing it to get out of the work, so he made me do it. Needless to say, he never lived his mistake down, and I'd venture a guess to say that the last day of school that year was the highlight of his career.

In my Biology class last year, we were to dissect frogs. As I had done with the Sheep's eye, I got written permission from my folks to be excused from the lab activity. My teacher's solution...Watch a dissection on the internet! After much searching, I found a very Animal Rights friendly site who showed the complete process in lovely, detailed DRAWINGS...he disapproved, saying that I would learn better if I used an online dissection simulator...throughout my viewing of the cartoon dissection, I tried to listen to what he was instructing the class to do. There was only one problem...he gave the class no instruction whatsoever! He just gave them their frog, gave them the scalpel, and let them loose! I was horrified. But like I said, he complained about my choice of dissection sites, saying I wouldn't learn anything.

A few days after the dissection, we had to take a test on it. I was the only person to receive a perfect score of 100%, everyone else scoring in the high 70 to low 80s. However, he did admit that he felt really stupid when he saw my test score.

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