A Utah middle school has been found to be teaching children that cows are destroying the planet while feeding them bugs instead of meat.
Utah’s Nebo School District gave sixth-grade students “disgusting” insects to eat last week as part of an English assignment on “climate change.”
Teachers claimed that feeding the kids bugs would save the environment from cows which were “killing the world,” according to a mom who spoke with Fox News.
The Spring Canyon Middle school has defended the move, however, claiming that the children enjoyed the class.
“Middle schoolers loved the ‘ewww’ factor, many of them gave bugs a try (and even a few staff members!),” the school said about the March 7 assignment.
“Many thanks to our English teachers for creating fun and engaging lessons.”
The district insists that the bugs were purchased from a commercial site that is “safe for consumption.”
Amanda Wright, a mother to one of the students, told Fox News she believed the kids were being subjected to “indoctrination” into a “dark climate change religion.”
She challenged the school’s principal Alison Hansen on the assignment after her daughter found it uncomfortable.
The climate change assignment instructed sixth graders to write an argumentative essay to declare that cows are killing the planet.
However, the assignment did not permit students to disagree.
The only acceptable answer was that humans should eat insects for their protein instead of cows.
The assignment asserted that cows are destroying the Ozone layer with methane gas.
Some students were given extra credit as an incentive to eat the insects.
Wright complained to the administration and set up a meeting which she recorded.
“[My daughter] wasn’t given an option to give an argument,” Wright said in the meeting about the argumentative essay
“Well, the assignment was about finding facts to support,” Hansen said.
“All the evidence has suggested, that we probably should be eating bugs – it’s good for the environment, etc,” teacher Kim Cutler said, according to an audio recording.
“But I didn’t know that that was an offensive topic to indicate.”
A separate video recording was taken by Wright’s daughter in the classroom.
“How come we can’t state our opinion and write that we shouldn’t be eating bugs?” she asked Cutler.
“Because we don’t have any evidence to support it,” Cutler said.
“It’s kind of weird that I gave you a topic where there is only one right answer.
“We don’t want to eat bugs and it’s gross.
“But should we be eating bugs?
“Yeah, because we’re killing the world by raising cows and animals.
“So we need to, not get rid of cows, but like, try to balance our diet so that not so much of our land is being used to raise cows, cause it’s killing the Ozone layer.”
“What if you wanted to – ” the student interrupted.
The teacher said, “You don’t have any evidence to support it.
“There’s only one right answer to this essay.
“And it’s that Americans should be eating bugs.
“Everyone in the world is eating them, it’s healthy for the environment and there’s just, there’s only one right answer.”
Cutler later explained in a meeting with the parent that the “indoctrination” that humans must eat bugs to protect the environment was provided during district training.
She explained that she did not know there were downsides to eating bugs – and apologized for not allowing students to write about an alternative perspective.
“I am not aware of the agenda part,” she said.
“I am sorry for that… it wasn’t intending to harm anyone.”
In a statement, the district said, “On the questions about extra credit: Yes, the teacher said sure you can have bonus points, almost as an afterthought.
“There are multiple opportunities for extra credit or bonus points in this class.”
“[W]hen the teacher realized there was concern, the student was offered another topic of the student’s choice,” the spokesperson continued.
“Remember this particular assignment is about finding facts versus opinions to support writing an argumentative essay.
“Our district, schools, and teachers do encourage parents and students to come to us with their concerns.
“We want to continue to be partners in the education of children.”