Did you have to kill and cut up little creatures in biology classes? :S

Did you have to kill and cut up little creatures in biology classes? :S

DreamWolf DreamWolf
I am SO EXTREMELY HAPPY that we never had to do such things in school, and I am totally horrified by it that many kids HAVE TO do it in school!!!

Did you, do you have to do it? :S:S:S
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Chilipepper Chilipepper
I don't think they make anyone kill them - they arrive dead, smelling of formaldehyde, and we had to dissect them.

I dissected frogs twice - once in 7th grade, the other in 12th grade; 12th grade was a biology class, so we dissected a few more animals. None of them mammals, though.

How I remember the more immature students spearing various body organs and throwing them at each other. *facepalm*

It never really bothered me, despite my phobia of anatomy stuff.
ghalik ghalik
I always abstained. Seventh grade was worm, frog, and fetal pig. Ninth grade was frog.
Bex1331 Bex1331
yea I'm pretty sure they arrive dead, the only thing we ever dissected was cow ovaries... I'm still not sure why...
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Yes we had to do it. I did a frog, crayfish, worm and I think that is it.
Sammi Sammi
We didn't have to kill them. We did clams, worms, grasshoppers (totally gross), and frogs.
LovesAPoet LovesAPoet
No killing but we did have dissection. We had to do a crayfish, a frog and a rat. The chemical smell was the worst part. I remember my old teacher giving us funny looks when we asked about gloves.
Llahsram Llahsram
Didn't have to kill anything....the stuff came dead.
Ryuson Ryuson
We did frogs and cats, and in a few years we'll have to do people. I personally think that dissection is invaluable if you want to be a surgeon because you can do as many computer simulations as you want, but there's so many strange things that can happen when you open up a real cat. Simulations don't have kittens, heartworms, intestinal worms, digested food, etc and that's what happens when you open someone up in the ER. Things aren't in the right place and color coded!

We didn't kill anything we dissected though, and we certainly won't be killing the cadavers when I take anatomy lab.
Megan Jean Megan Jean
The closest we got was dissecting an owl pellet, and finding little mouse bones.
bayosgirl bayosgirl
We dissected frogs and fetal pigs in anatomy class in high school.
VelvetDragon VelvetDragon
My biology class cut up fetal pigs, squids, and earthworms. We were allowed to opt out, in biology class. I chose not to cut them up. I don't even eat animals, so cutting one up really would have been really upsetting to me.
Calla Calla
My biology class in high school dissected fetal pigs but you were able to opt out, so I didn't participate.
Well, I watched a dissection in high school but that was the only time I've ever had to deal with it at all.
Taylor Taylor
in 7th grade we dissected frogs. For high school we didn't do any but I think it's because I went to a private school. I dissected a fetal pig in biology in college and a cow eye and a sheep heart in anatomy class. The eye was super gross, but the rest of it didn't bother me much.
Shellz31 Shellz31
We had to cut open a fish, but fortunately for me my Biology partner didn't mind doing the deed so I didn't have to.
SMichelle SMichelle
No, I didn't have to in school...but I think that that was just because of who my teacher was. I remember hearing that some of the other science teachers made the students dissect a frog.
Ansley Ansley
I can't remember what grade I was in when we did the owl pellet. It might have been 7th grade. But, we had to pick out all of the bones and piece them back together on a piece of poster board and then glue it down and try to figure out what kind of animal the owl ate. 99% of the class findings concluded they were mice.

In 9th grade we had to dissect frogs and worms. I'm sure there was something else in there but I can't recall. Or maybe I skipped school that week, who knows?

I didn't mind doing it. There wasn't any blood or anything and the creatures were rubbery and smelly but I enjoyed seeing all of the parts that made it what it was, you know?
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Yeah, we had to dissect a frog (already dead though) back in biology in 11th grade.
She provided an alternative assignment but I knew I would probably get better marks if I just did the dissection.
It wasn't fun though, it squirted formaldehyde on my shirt when I cut into the poor little thing's tummy. ='<
Ilovelingerie Ilovelingerie
Originally posted by DreamWolf
I am SO EXTREMELY HAPPY that we never had to do such things in school, and I am totally horrified by it that many kids HAVE TO do it in school!!!

Did you, do you have to do it? :S:S:S
I didn't, I was home schooled.
RomanticGoth RomanticGoth
I did. Frogs, crawfish, giant locust, sheep brains, cow eyeball, squid, octopus, and fetal pigs. I loved it! I'm actually trying to get an assistant postition in a funeral home.
Lickable Lollie Lickable Lollie
frog, pig, and sheeps eyeball... the eyeball was kinda cool...
TransMarc TransMarc
I did a frog but not having to kill it, it didn't really looked like a frog to me. It was white-ish and soft and smelt bad.
It was, with the pseudo-electronics class (not being taught electronics apart from resistors' colors, given directions to build something, so in your brain it means nothing it's purely manual! bad teachers, I guess, because when I looked things up on the Internet and took other electronics classes I realized that it wasn't that mystical!), another of these classes where you only learn how something that composes something else look and what movements to do to place it, but not really the logic of things.
It only perturbates me now that I remember :/
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
I don't think they're allowed to make you kill them yourself. I dissected a worm once, and while I was absent the day we did it the class also dissected fish.

There's a bit of an "ick" factor involved, but it doesn't really bother me otherwise. In fact now, working as closely with animals as I do, it probably would bother me even less than it did in high school.
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
The stuff arrives dead and in formaldehyde in my experience. It would be terrifying to have to kill it yourself. ...And bloody.

I've been doing dissection since fifth grade. Started off with fetal pig in fifth grade, then got to do baby shark in seventh, then cow eyeball and cat in college and got to watch a human dissection. It's pretty cool knowing how stuff works so intimately.
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