The article "Science Becomes Elementary Fun," April 6, celebrated many excellent-sounding methods of teaching science to young people. However, the article went too far when it lumped in the use of animals with the magnets, power-generating bicycle, and model of the planets being used by innovative teachers.
Having responded to a large number of complaints of cruelty to animals in classrooms across the country, I believe your readers, especially teachers, need to understand that animals are 100 percent different from inanimate objects used for teaching.
The suffering of animals in schools is so great and so hard to prevent that we are asking all who are concerned to see that animals are no longer thought of as "learning tools." David Cantor, Washington, People for the Ethical Treatmentof Animals
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