School curriculum in India could include animal welfare

School children in India could soon learn about animal welfare as part of the nation’s instructional curriculum.

A story posted recently on the Press Trust of India website notes the move is being proposed as a means to help prevent young people from “becoming potential abusers.”

It is an interesting piece of news. I think spreading compassion for animals is a good thing. This level of instruction could actually be included within the study of science.

Kids need to learn that animals can feel pain  – both physical and emotional – and that an advanced society should work to protect the innocent and helpless from pain and suffering.

But what do you think? Should our schools in the United States teach compassion and animal welfare? Are public schools the right venue for this instruction?

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alison McNicol on April 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I think that schools should teach about care and respect for animals just like they do the enviornment. As animals play a huge role in society and enviornment. Too often you read stories of “torture and abuse” whether its from a young person or an adult it had to stem from somewhere. I think more and more we need to teach our kids compassion so when they enter society hopefully these disturbing stories will lessen and lessen. I teach my children everyday to care and love and nuture animals whether its our own pets or those in the wild. However that is little time spent as majority of the time is school focused so they in turn should follow that lead.

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  2. Posted by D Gary Grady on April 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    A narrow animal-rights curriculum would probably draw complaints from people who suspected it of being politically slanted (especially if they thought it was not slanted their way). But presented as a way of teaching traditional values of compassion, responsibility, and the Golden Rule, and a way for steering kids in the direction of responsible citizenship, it should be unobjectionable. In fact, compassion for animals could be part of a broader emphasis on identifying with others, a necessary part of growing up.

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  3. We at STRAW – Stray Relief and Animal Welfare, New Delhi (INDIA), truly believe in the saying “Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar” is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar” . This thought becomes even more significant in today’s times when numerous psychological studies demonstrate a clear correlation between childhood cruelty to animals and later criminality. STRAW strives to plant a seed of compassion for animals and other God’s creatures, in the mind-sets of school children through its humane education programs. We are glad that soon animal welfare would become part of school curriculum. Teaching compassion and kindness to children would have a lot of benefits because they are most receptive to learning and would benefit not only themselves but also pass on the learning to their parents and to their own children.

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