I could care less about who won seats in the Newport-Mesa School Board election — I don’t have children and I think these august, self-absorbed bodies spend too little time on finances and too much on content in the schools they’ll never agree upon. To generalize, they’re usually dominated by union sycophants anyway and will spend every dime they can get hands on and whine when it runs out.
But this story in the Register today was ridiculous: Criticized O.C. school district stops cat dissections. It seems that PETA’s gotten to them too, at least as far as Newport Harbor High School. The kids are posting pictures of the dead (likely feral, and in their condition finally providing some societal benefit) cats they’re dissecting in biology class. Kids do what they do and it’s the parents’ problem to deal with, but there’s no excuse for the School Board’s over-reaction and cave in to PETA and the other liberal lunatics who ought to have better things to do.
Dealing with dead bugs, worms, frogs and small mammals is part of the educational process, ESPECIALLY for some high schooler with ambitions toward bio-science or a medical school. I did it in high school and benefited from a tactile, hands-on experience. Maybe it’s that experience that actually causes a teen to consider med school rather than something less productive, like running for a school board. To overextend the analogy, would you want a Doctor working on you who’d learned it all from a computer simulation and no real-world experience as these chicken-hearts are now proposing? Or are dead lab animals just too icky?
What’s next? No human cadavers in med school? How about pilots hired for their skills with Microsoft Flight Simulator? But then, PETA is more concerned about allowing cats to over-populate and interfering in a traditional educational process.
And unbelievably, a bunch of adults are letting PETA run their school district.