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Schools Look at Whether Animals Belong There

Offbeat  (tags: animals, humans, children, schools, health, safety, students )

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Franklin can demonstrate some lessons of science just by being himself, an 11-month-old golden retriever. Like when the eager puppy, a guide dog in training, runs down a hallway and begins sliding on the shiny tile floor.


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Cindy C (125)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 11:59 am
this is interesting

Peggy A (109)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 5:42 pm

Shirley S (187)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 8:26 pm

Jose Ovidio Perez Morel (50)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 10:35 pm
God...........are amazed life and job.

Michael C (217)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 11:14 pm
Noted with interest...

Eva O (60)
Monday January 24, 2011, 12:09 am
Noted with interest - thank you for sharing!

Nance N (0)
Monday January 24, 2011, 12:49 pm
Very interesting article.

Pamela K (13)
Monday January 24, 2011, 3:16 pm
OMG--students exposed to "e.coli"--chech your hamburger!!!! As for the animal waste--well, isn't that controllable? Don't they pick it up? For Heaven's Sake! We are more at risk from exposure to each other's "germs" than from those of animals (other than ourselves). Even those pathogens we get from "other animals" are, ultimately, usually, from us!

Mary T (178)
Monday January 24, 2011, 3:49 pm
Noted and thanks Yrna.

Lisa Z (168)
Monday January 24, 2011, 3:53 pm
Shared on Facebook.

Kara C (15)
Monday January 24, 2011, 4:21 pm
In grade 4 I think it was we had a from program, all I remember of it was that we had 8 frogs and the Styrofoam box we called their "environment" never got cleaned so one died, another got squished when a kid squeezed too hard after they got passed around the classroom through all the kids dry unwashed hands. Luckily after telling her about how much I hated how the frogs were treated my mum added ethics and the surviving frogs lived the remainder of their lives in our pond.

From a purely ethical standpoint I don't think that animals belong in schools. Children can be cruel and not realize they are squeezing too hard or loose their grip and drop the critter. Also cleaning and veterinary treatment If teachers are not supervising properly then accidents happen and only the animals suffer for it. They can be educational but welfare overrides what can be learned from books.

marie C (163)
Monday January 24, 2011, 4:47 pm
Noted thank you

Kate K (215)
Monday January 24, 2011, 5:13 pm
Sure and they're not going to get diseases from other people? I don't know if they belong in schools but I think that people carry enough germs, the same ones that animals carry-flu, ringworm. i guess I just like being around animals more than most of the people in the world.

Gloria H (88)
Monday January 24, 2011, 5:37 pm
kids without shots can infect other kids with far worse than anything an animal could have.( yeah, yeah, the old shot/no shot controversy).
A token classroom pet that is not taken care of is not educational unless the teacher is prepared to do a lesson plan on where "Charlie" went when it died. If the teacher agrees to take the pet over vacation, do the feeding and cleaning, then ok. Kids sometimes overfeed, not feed animals. Some vandalize schools and do horrific acts of abuse on the lone pet.

William Y (54)
Monday January 24, 2011, 6:49 pm

janet f (29)
Monday January 24, 2011, 9:29 pm
Everything in our society has boiled down to the inevitable lawsuit and we are now forced to live our lives with that hanging over our heads. Back in the good old days, we had class pets that everyone who wanted to took turns caring for. It taught kids a valuable lesson of how to be a more compassionate, empathetic human. Now, if a kid sneezes, the parents threaten a lawsuit because a class pet could have "injured" their child. This mentality is detrimental to the children and to society.

Justin R (0)
Tuesday January 25, 2011, 8:36 am
At large: Common Sense has left the building!

Susan S (187)
Tuesday January 25, 2011, 6:03 pm
Whatever happened to the days when animals were welcome in the classroom as pets? When I was growing up we had gerbils, hamsters, rabbits and other animals and not only did the students take care of them, but one lucky student had the chance to take the pet home over the weekend (or holidays) to take care of them. This taught children to care for animals and taught respect for animals. If schools are now debating whether GUIDE animals are acceptable then they are not even respecting the people who have disabilities who may rely on them.
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