Considerable criticism has recently been directed against the commonly accepted methods of teaching Biology in our secondary school and colleges. John Burroughs once re- marked that he had never dissected an animal and was glad of it, implying by this, I take it, that we do not learn Nature by dissecting her children. Recently Wheeler of Harvard, has voiced a similar criticism by saying that our teaching of Biology is suffering from academic dry rot; that laboratory dissection of a dead animal gives the student a knowledge of the details of structure of that animal without giving any knowledge of, or creating any interest in that animal as a living organism.
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Abbott, Roy L.
"Some Suggestions for Winter Study of Biology in High Schools,"
Science Bulletin: Vol. 1:
1, Article 6.
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