A class 4 textbook that is supposed to educate students about protecting the environment and ecology has come up with a rather absurd method of distinguishing between living and non-living organisms.
It asks the students to put a kitten in a box (only after ensuring that it doesn’t have an opening) and wait for a few minutes. The fact that the animal will die due to suffocation will, according to the book, establish that living organisms need air to breathe.
This experiment is a part of the 4th grade curriculum in a reputed school in Delhi. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?! pic.twitter.com/g6dwHNWqAD— Lola Kuttiamma (@Priya_Menon) February 2, 2017
The book, titled ‘Our Green World’ by PP Publication, is being used in many schools across north India, including in a prominent school in Delhi.
Though Parvesh Kumar of PP Publications told Indian Express that the publishers have stopped the distribution of the book a few months ago, the report says it is still being taught in schools that have already purchased it.
After the picture went viral of social media, many wrote to animal right activists and Women And Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi, who is reportedly looking into the matter.
Friend has already reached out to Maneka Gandhi pic.twitter.com/RL1zkdCgHM— Lola Kuttiamma (@Priya_Menon) February 2, 2017
Meanwhile, the picture created an outrage on Twitter with people lambasting everyone associated with the book. Here are a few tweets:
@Priya_Menon can you send me all pics of the cover? let’s see if we can legally get them to stop this. this is ‘how to be a killer 101″— mahima kukreja. (@AGirlOfHerWords) February 2, 2017
@Priya_Menon 😳😳😳 How absurd! Doesn’t someone review this shit before it’s authorized & approved to be used in schools👿— The Reaper (@_G_n_R) February 2, 2017
@Priya_Menon 😁😁😁😁 Person who wrote such experiment must be put in instead of animal. Fools— Thinking Indian (@Nikunj21129) February 2, 2017
(Feature image source: PTI)