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Q: Do any public schools have any animal education classes?

March 3, 2009 | By Tammy C. | 26 answers | Expired: 1857 days ago

Tammy C.

I was just thinking how many schools actually educate children on the proper way to care for animals. We all know that the kids are the future. And how many shelters consider visiting schools to educate or is this even an option for them? I wonder why we as parents can not push the issue in the schools even if it is part of a home education class it would be a strat. Has anyone else ever thought about this?

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Kelsey S.
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Mar 03, 2009

Our shelter visits occasionally. Just recently we went with our pit bull ambassador, a six month old sweetie (who just got adopted!) and another puppy. I think it's a great idea. The schools have time for "Art Moms" to come in to talk about artists and three recceses a day - surely they can fit in a once-a-month session on humane education. It would make for happier people and animals.

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Roberta  P.
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Mar 03, 2009

I am a teacher in the public school system and we do not formally address this in our classrooms. I have no doubt that it is touched on at various grade levels and at various times throughout the school year. While I love animals and think this is a good idea, it's just not feasible. We have so much material to teach our students these days, and there is little to no time for "extras" like this. In an ideal world, this is a topic that parents should be addressing with their children. The public school must be careful addressing issues of values and morality. In recent years, the school system has had to teach students things that should be the parent's responsibility. We only have so much time with our students and we must teach them everything they should know per subject area. I do think it is a good idea to bring a variety of animals into the school and talk about how to care about animals specifically and generally. But it takes more than one exposure for our kids to truly know how to take care of pets. This is when the parents need to step in and do their part. This would hopefully lessen the animals that are abused and dumped and have pet owners who truly love their pets and take care of them like they do children.

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L R.
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Mar 03, 2009

Kids go to public school and there's never been a program like that. They take field trips to wild life and bird sanctuaries, but nothing with domestic pets. I think it's a great idea! Kids should be educated on the basics and treatment of animals at home and have it reinforced in school.

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Pia S.
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Mar 03, 2009

St. Hubert's has a wonderful program and hopefully Carolyn C. will talk about it further since she oversees it.

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Anonymous

Mar 03, 2009

I personally have not seen it in public schools, but have seen several private schools and one Indian agency that had a course called "life coping skills." Part of their "coping" was the responsibility of companion animal ownership, how to select (leaning heavily on rescue), daily care, etc.

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Elizabeth D.
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Mar 03, 2009

My son doesn't go to public school, he goes to a parochial school. This year they have had someone in who rescues greyhounds, a local person who owns a pet store, and a person who rehabilitates raptors. They do quite a bit along with blessing the animals. A big lesson they have is that they too are Gods creatures and we must love and care for them.

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