I’m in college majoring in Biology and I told the professor I didn’t want to dissect. So I just always made sure I studied the diagrams really really well so I would know the body parts without dissecting.
I feel like the classes that allow you to do computer/diagram alternatives are the ones us non-dissection folk often do best in. I mean, you study EXACTLY what will be tested. If the exam is on paper for everyone, you have the advantage because you’ve been using diagrams all along. If the exam uses a real dead animal, you have double the advantage by taking a paper exam, since other students have to deal with the fact that every animal is a bit different. It’s way easier to identify organs or brain structures in an image. I finished a biological psychology course last year with a 99%, dissection exam and all. I never touched a sheep brain, and I did just fine!
That said, I did drop my freshman biology class back in high school because the teacher refused to let me do the alternative. Sometimes it happens, but the world is changing. The mandatory frog dissection I had to sit and pout throughout in middle school was canceled by the time my siblings got there, seven years later.
I haven’t. In my school, if you don’t want to dissect, the alternative assignment is an online interactive dissection. It’s still pretty gross but it’s a lot better than killing an animal for it, and cutting it yourself.
Nope, I had the option to either do another computer option or stay and watch. I chose to stay and let anyone know who wondered why I was not doing the assignment that it was against my beliefs. Also, I am pretty sure your teacher is not allowed to do that. Next time ask for a parent note and bring it up with the principal if the teacher goes against you. You should not be forced to go against your beliefs/ethics.
Nope, I actually got an ‘A’ in the class because I *didn’t* dissect. The kids that did the dissection had to fill out an 11 page, 200 question packet, then had to take a 200 point test over the packet. The kids that did not dissect wrote a paper a day, each day focusing on a different body system and had no test. The papers weren’t even graded, you just had to fill up the front side of a piece of notebook paper.
I finished biology with a 99 grade point average without having to dissect anything. Everyone else dissected the usual frog but our teacher also let everyone dissect star fishes. He was an amazing teacher. He made sure that the frogs my class used died of natural causes. It still is considered wrong in my opinion but he gave everyone the option of going to the library during this time instead of dissecting and look at the virtual dissection on the computer that was animated.
Well in my ninth grade year I believe,I had to dissect a worm but I refused to do it and in turn I got an F. Then in 10th grade I had to dissect a frog;my mom said of I didn’t get an A I would get the a** whooping of a lifetime – so in other words yeah I did it but I wasn’t proud of it. Lastly my senior year of high school this lab would affect my entire grade in my anatomy class and would also determine if I would graduate – it was cat lab – we had to skin it, locate and name each muscle, organs and all this counted toward my final grade. I know many are against dissection but some schools don’t offer alternatives and for some people like me getting a failing grade is not an option because I’m the first in my family to go to college.
Im also studying biology but luckily we dont use animals for those things. you got an F because of dissection but I give you an A for not being an cruel person (sorry if my english are bad, im latin american )