Ok so I enrolled in a new school this year and they said I need 4 science credits. I had to switch out of chemistry because it was too hard for me and the only option was zoology. I thought it was going to be just notes and textbook readings because that is usually what science electives are. I found out today dissections are the majority of your grade. I told my teacher I’m not doing it and she suggested I switch out because I will fail. I don’t think I’m allowed to considering its so late in the year, I am not willing to compromise my beliefs for a science credit. What should I do?
Thanks for the help and suggestions. I talked to the principal about the state law about dissection choice. He said he is aware of the law and they will work to get me out of the class since it doesn’t make much sense to be in a class that is all about dissection. He even said he didn’t dissect either. I’m glad he was really understanding and I’ll keep you updated on what happens
When my grade 10 class was dissecting frogs, I brought my teacher a note from my mom saying how I would do an alternative assignment because dissection is against my morals. So my teacher gave me the same worksheets as the other students but instead of making me take part in the dissection, he emailed me a video on YouTube of the same kind of dissection so I could still do the assignment. There are also virtual dissections online. Perhaps you could suggest that to your teacher.
I was in biology that had dissections and I not have to participate. My teacher also offered an alternative for a heart dissection (computer program dissection). You should not have to participate in an activity against your beliefs. If chem is important in furthering your studies I would suggest you take it up with your principal. You never know but you could really being a great example in chem by choosing not to dissect and cause others to think about it.