Do you think that pets in the classroom advances learning and makes students more engaged in the learning process?
From the Arkansas Catholic:
They are the classroom pets, who do more than just make people smile with their furry faces or licks in the hallway, they make an impact on the human students they encounter, according to their owners/educators.
“St. Francis felt that all of nature gave praise to God,” said Brother Richard Sanker, who owns Zeke at Catholic High School in Little Rock. “Having an animal like that is simply just a reflection of that creation. They bring about a true appreciation for all of God’s creatures.
The Standard Examiner offers a dissenting viewpoint:
Jones said back-to-school season is associated with a 46 percent increase in asthma-related emergency department visits by grade school children, and allergies and asthma account for more than 14 million school absences.
In addition about 80 to 90 percent of those with asthma will have exercise-induced asthma.
Another allergy concern in the classroom is class pets and children who bring their own pets for show and tell. Jones suggests teachers have a non-furry pet in the classroom.
Both physicians strongly urge parents and teachers to make sure their child is on a prevention plan and has medication readily available, no matter what the allergy trigger may be.
If your child wants to take a pet to school, you should definitely consult with your child’s teacher and the administration to ensure that it is okay. Instead of allowing your child to take a pet to school for the whole day, you can simply bring in the pet for a specified period of time and then immediately remove the animal once show and tell is over. This would also allow any affected students to be removed for that limited period of time so that they do not get sick.
This is especially true of an exotic pet. Although an exotic animal or pet will provide more of an ahhhh factor and ample learning opportunities, they can be even more risky. And in some areas they may be illegal. The last thing you need is for your son or daughter to take an illegal pet to school for show and tell. That could cause some problems!