The teacher, Kim Cutler from Utah, asked her middle school students to help save the world by not eating beef. This is because cows produce a lot of manure, which contributes to climate change. To encourage her students, she offered extra credit to those who wrote a paper about trying an alternative source of protein, such as bugs, instead of eating beef. She even provided extra credit to students who actually tried eating bugs instead of beef.
The middle school teacher is currently facing criticism for encouraging her students to save the world by avoiding the consumption of cows, which are said to be harmful to the environment. As part of her curriculum, she assigned an essay to her students titled “Why America Should Be Eating Bugs,” which suggests Americans embrace bug consumption as an alternative to meat.
Cutler emphasized that she wanted her students to understand that cows produce a significant amount of methane through their manure. This methane is harmful to the ozone layer and is contributing to the destruction of the planet’s atmosphere. If we don’t slow down the damage caused by this methane, our planet may become uninhabitable in a few decades.
One student named Saige Wright was disobedient because she disagreed with her teacher’s assignment on Cutler’s dislike for beef. Saige recorded herself arguing with Cutler over it. Saige’s mother, Amanda Wright, later spoke to Fox News Digital about the “eat-bugs” assignment, where the teacher offered extra credit to her Utah students for eating bugs.
According to Amanda’s statement to Fox News Digital, her daughter was subjected to “indoctrination” by Cutler who insisted that eating bugs instead of beef was the only solution to combatting climate change.
Saige said to Cutler: “How come we can’t state our opinion on why Americans shouldn’t be eating bugs?”
Cutler: “Because we don’t have any evidence to support it.”
Saige: “We don’t?”
Cutler: “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.”
The school district responded with the following message: “It is our understanding that this assignment is part of many essays where students will explore different sides of issues, find and sort through the evidence, and cite it in their own essays, which is a significant part of the writing core in the Utah State Standards,” a representative said. “Students explore the differences between opinions and facts while they both read examples of and write their own persuasive/argumentative essays — such as ‘Why America Should Be Eating Bugs.’”