I’ve recently come upon a horrible fact: there’s a school in California that is giving into the hippies. By that I mean that an animal rights group will donate up to 25 of the product licenses (worth $900 each) to schools who agree to forgo dissections for 5 years.
Of course, the program is “safer” than traditional dissection, without the cutting hazards of scalpels, and the poisonous formaldehyde, but I doubt frogs and tools cost as much as the computers required to run this software. The other side of the coin is that your kids will never know if they’ve got the guts required to be a surgeon. There’s nothing quite like feeling the skin peel back behind the edge of a scalpel, and pretending you’re not grossed out by the stuff oozing out of the intestine. Of course, with any luck, our children will never experience anything out of their comfort zones. Because we all know no real hero ever did anything that made them uncomfortable.