Friday, 21 April 2017

R is for Racing Rodents

 


Racing Rodents, Rock-like Reptiles
Required Responsibility, Respect, Regard
so helping to nurture and train kinder, thoughtful children.


I was lucky that I grew up in school classrooms that had animals there to be cared for by us as pupils. Now days many classrooms are devoid of "pets" for health and safety reasons and I think this lessens the ability for children to understand how as "superior" beings we should look after the other animals on the planet.  There is also the well documented phenomena of may of our most challenging pupils being very caring and quiet around animals especially when given the responsibility of taking care of them.
Did you have classroom "pets"?  Do you think animals should be in a classroom environment? Were you the animal monitor?  Did you ever get to look after the class pet during the holidays?  Leave a comment below because I sure would like to know :)

6 comments:

  1. Wow, classroom pets? None of my schools had pets. I've never heard of that. Maui Jungalow

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    1. It just shows how different things happen in different places - always interesting to learn :)

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  2. No classroom pets, but we had a subject called 'nature study' - required us to bring back butterfly eggs and watch them transform into caterpillars and finally into butterflies, and the same with frog spawn. And there were snakes :) which co-existed happily within the school premises (this was West Africa in places and times when the animal life wasn't completely dispossessed by human population yet)

    Best wishes,
    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Yes we also watched frog spawn turn into little frogs and some of the early years (at schools I taught at) had butterfly life-cycles in their classrooms :)

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  3. I adore cats and dogs and animals in general but don't like to see some in cages especially at school. We at school had mice and at the time I thought it cruel. Mybe I'm old fashioned.
    Yvonne.

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    1. I don't think it is old fashioned at all to think about animal welfare, Yvonne and obviously animals in schools need to be very well looked after. In my experience it was usually gerbils and hamsters and they seemed to like the attention they received but I am sure all animals would prefer to be free if given a choice :)

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