Teacher Feeds Students Bugs as Part of Climate Change Assignment

A middle school teacher in Utah’s Nebo School District gave sixth-grade students bugs to eat for extra credit as part of an English assignment on climate change. Students were to write an essay on the benefits of eating bugs rather than cows. The students were reportedly not allowed to disagree with the essay’s premise. The mother of one of the students, Amanda Wright, brought the assignment up to the principal, who explained the assignment was about “finding facts” to support its claim.

From The Blaze:

"How come we can't state our opinion and write that we shouldn't be eating bugs?" asked the sixth-grader.

"Because we don't have any evidence to support it," said [the teacher] Cutler.


Cutler told the younger Wright, "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."

When the younger Wright attempted to raise an objection, Cutler said, "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."