By: Mariana Ortega-Rodriguez
Do you remember in elementary when you had class pet? Well, now some students want that here.
First, it started as a joke when two freshmen students, Shelby Barillas and Chloe Fausto asked Mrs. Abuel for a class pet. Then one of the girls wrote a letter about why we should have a class pet. “It would actually be cool if we had one so I tried to convince Mrs. Abuel to get us one by writing a letter and explain to her my reasons,” said Shelby Barillas.
”They kept on going and kept on asking and I even got a whole page letter about that,” said Mrs. Abuel, Journalism and 9th grade English teacher.
However, Mrs. Abuel does not agree in getting a class pet. “A school’s purpose is we are here to learn and we're here to grow as people and get ready for the real world,” said Mrs. Abuel. “It makes sense in elementary school, but in high school everything is kinda specialized. I can’t teach pet rearing and English at the same time, effectively.”
Like Cloe Fausto, many kids think it will show them responsibilities. “I want a class pet because I think we can learn responsibilities, skills from having a class pet and I think it can help us to bond,” said Chloe Fausto, a Freshmen.
One teacher wanted to teach students about responsibility by taking care of a class pet. A lizard given to Mr. Kalbhenn became the class pet, but after realizing that the lizard was a wild lizard. Mr. Kalbhenn let it go and chose to get a bearded lizard, instead. “I would have the students take care of the pet to teach them responsibility,” said Mr.Kalbhenn.
“I’m going to keep it in my room at a place where it has plenty of sunlight and plenty of fresh air and a place where interaction with the students.” It seems like Mr. Kalbhenn has it all played out.
What do you think? Are class pets for high schoolers, or is it for elementary kids? All in all getting a class pet depends on the teacher’s choice.
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