Michigan High School Adds Taxidermy to the Curriculum

April 6, 2016 04:28 PM

Reading, writing and arithmetic? Students at Crosswell-Lexington High School in Michigan will get their fill. This year, they’ll also get to take a quirkier class – taxidermy.

AgDay has the story on this weird-but-cool class.

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The class is a big hit, with 60 students enrolled and another dozen students turned away once the class hit capacity.

“All lot of people think it’s gross, but they don’t understand you don’t have blood and guts all over you … it’s just another tool for learning, especially if you like biology,” says student Mieyah Brenton.

Could classes like this help kick-start more interest in STEM careers in general, or agriculture careers specifically? Maybe – and it would be most welcome. According to a national survey conducted on behalf of Land O’Lakes, only 6% percent of respondents say they have considered or would consider a job in agriculture. Those figures are better for millennials overall (9%) and worse for college grads (just 3%).

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