Yesterday I got two requests from teachers for classroom pets. One wants to breed. I'm in the middle of responding to those ones.
Of all the people I've ever turned away from adoptions, teachers have been the most irate and are very often rude, no matter how politely I couch my reply.
Where will the classroom pet be obtained? The pet should be adopted or rescued, not purchased from a pet store or breeder.
to signify that they are actually doing a good deed, and how dare I question that?
I will come up with an improved approach. I fear that article may make teachers think that it is "theoretically possible" to provide a good environment for a guinea pig in the classroom. I don't want to see that practice legitimized any further, because I believe that inherently it is unhealthy for an animal to live in a classroom.
I'm hoping that maybe having live animals in the classroom idea is starting to die down. I would like the kids to know that you can adopt from a rescue rather than a pet store, but I'm not sure living in a school is the best place for the piggies. I would be worried leaving them overnight let alone leaving them there all weekend.
My son had some friends over this weekend and one of the boys asked my son why we only had boy guinea pigs in our house. He wanted to know if I didn't like baby pigs and my son gave him the whole "breeding is bad" speech. I was so proud.
The main emails right now I seem to be getting are, "I want babies!" No clue why, but I've been getting a lot of those inquiries.
Teachers are there to nurture and educate-- and to tell them that an animal might suffer in their classroom is an injury to that image. By far the angriest replies I have received are from teachers who take my speech on "why guinea pigs don't belong in the classroom" to mean that they are personally irresponsible people.
Let's not impute any teacher-hating into this. We all know that guinea pigs suffer in classrooms and that teachers need to recognize this but they are so difficult to deal with that I stopped explaining it.
I think what has to be done is to explain it so that the teacher sees it as a credit to themselves if they abstain from bringing a guinea pig into the classroom. Appeal to their humanitarian side rather than seem like we are instructing them. I'll get on it when I have time.
I recently had a request from Biology teachers wanting to house pigs in an aquarium. I have yet to reply. Many of my colleagues do think they know everything, and I wouldn't trust any at my school with any of my pigs! They just don't get it! I agree that appealing to the humanitarian side is the way to go. I'll try that when I reject the Biology teacher.
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While I completely loved the teacher, I learned bad habits from her regarding caring for the pigs (ie. no hay). Thank God I researched the internet and found GL.
That's my long story, but I do agree to not have classroom pets.
I was seriously considering taking her up on that and explaining why it was a bad idea. But thought better of it.