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Yes, and the class is required for graduation. 18 51.43%
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Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

Back in the day, high school biology students (grade 10 in 1970s South Carolina) were required to dissect frogs. Smelly things, pickled in formaldehyde. (At least we didn't have to start with live frogs! )

I recently noticed this article about newly developed see-through frogs, which can be studied internally without dissection. Potentially a boon to researchers, and possibly to high school biology students.

So, does your high school still require frog dissection?
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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

Frog, earthworm, flower, fruit, fish, crayfish...I had to do all of those and then some during my biology class three years ago.
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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

We did frog dissection as part of a required class in 7th grade. I managed to avoid biology in high school, so I don't know if they make you do it again.
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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

In regular Biology, we dissect fetal pigs. I know they dissect other things in AP Biology, but I dont know what they dissect there.
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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

they did 5 years ago when I was in H.S. . I think I cut that class that day though to avoid that. I do distinctively remember one of the class clowns in my class kidnapping a frog and torturing people on the Bus with it. I know its not funny but it was at the time.
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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

You'll be glad to know it hasn't changed in South Carolina--actually, I did two frogs: one in 7th grade (along with an earthworm) and the other in 10th grade (along with a fetal pig). I graduated high school in 2004, so take that how you'd like.
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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

We definitely had to do the frog dissection routine back when I was in high school (unlike Richard, we did have to start with live, pithed frogs). We spent a week on it, going over every part of the frog in exacting detail. Later in college we had to dissect both a fetal pig and a natal shark in our Comparative Human Anatomy class. When we were done, we were supposed to turn in the carcass and ensure that it was disposed of properly. But of course, being somewhat creative and defiant young students at the time, we didn't. I won't go into detail on what happened afterwards, but let's just say that the salad bar in the Owens Dining Hall at Virginia Tech was never the same afterwards...

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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

I have, but it was in middle school... poor froggies mutilated by bad co-ordination
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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

My daughter is taking Biology: Structure and Function of Organisms - a 2nd semester Freshman Biology class for Science majors in college -
the list of potential dissections:
oysters
frogs
shark
jellyfish -

She likes dissecting.

My response = ewww! (I dissected in high school and college and it was the cat that got to me. The fetal pig wasn't too much fun. I think I liked the worm the best, it was little and the dissection went fast compared to the others.)
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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

At our school, we really only do fetal pigs in biology (honors biology in 9th grade or biology in 10th). The AP Bio students dissect cats. When I took honors bio, my teacher was also the Marine Bio teacher at the school, so instead of a fetal pig, we did a starfish and a baby shark, which was pretty cool.

I go to a summer science camp every year at the Douglass Science Institute at Rutgers, and we dissected frogs our first year. This past year, we did sheep hearts and a pig heart with the option of doing the fetal pigs, too.
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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

We did a mushroom, worm, crayfish, an insect (maybe a grasshopper but I don't remember), fish, and a frog. The anatomy classes do fetal pigs and I'm not 100% if they still do the cat thing (i'm almost positive they don't), or if thats a college level only thing now. And yes, Biology was required class to graduate and yes you had to participate in the dissections to get credit and pass.
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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

I don't remember too well, but I know we did worms, frogs, and crayfish in Honors Bio in 9th grade, we might have done other things too. Strangely enough, we didn't dissect anything in AP Bio, I imagine it was because we didn't have enough time to cover all the material even without dissections.
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We dissected fetal pigs for a week in my high school biology class, which was a mandatory class to graduate.
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Re: Do high school biology students still dissect frogs?

We dissected frogs and the teacher had many frogs with little flags in them and we had to identify the organ for the test. I stayed after school along with two of my friends to help dissect the 15 frogs that were needed for the test. Each frog we opened up were noticeably different. I'll never forget my friend's comment. "its like opening presents on Christmas." Well that explains my friend's weirdness, coming from a family that wraps gifts in cadavers for the holidays.
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The Anatomy and Physiology class here does cats. They smell funny, stinks up the whole room. When I took biology we only barely got off the hook for dissections. Had to do a Cows eye in 7th grade though, and a squid in 6th.
In AP Biology now, no dissections yet.
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