John Pedersen has a 7-foot-tall sasquatch in his middle school classroom.
Pedersen says he uses the creature to teach kids about ecology and scientific possibilities. What’s more, he now says Idaho State University Professor Dr. Jeff Meldrum, who is a bigfoot researcher, saw KTVB’s story about Pederson’s class and was impressed by the classroom.
So Meldrum donated a footprint cast.
Here is the original piece that prompted Meldrum’s interest.
I’m feeling VEEEERY uneasy about this. What’s wrong with it?
I’m a fan of getting kids to talk about monsters. Love it. But, it’s appropriate in the context of fiction or culture or critical thinking. I do not agree that it should be taught as part of a science lesson in ecology or how science works. Bigfoot is not established. It’s not accepted science no matter what Dr. Meldrum thinks. Teaching ecology (and evolution, which is the “adaptation” part) is great. But, why not teach it with an animal that is established? If Bigfoot is someday well-established to exist then it will make a FANTASTIC science story but it has by no means hit that bar yet. So, I’m left annoyed that this topic as presented here sounds too suggestive of a creationist-like approach that “science doesn’t know everything, therefore BIGFOOT”. That’s not a good way of thinking about the Sasquatch issue. AT ALL. And it is not good science.