A Utah mother is demanding answers from her local school district after her child was encouraged by a teacher to eat grasshoppers as part of a climate change project.
Amanda Wright, the concerned mother, shared her worries on the “Jesse Watters Primetime” show. She explained that her daughter, a sixth-grader, was assigned to write an essay promoting the consumption of insects over cows for protein. The argument for this is that some believe cows contribute to the destruction of the ozone layer through their methane emissions.
“I already went to the school and had a meeting with the principal and six other staff and nothing was done. So I am planning on taking this to the district.” She continued, “I am definitely upset. This is an uncomfortable topic that they’re pushing this agenda on our children, and I’m definitely going to be taking this way up the ladder further.”
The teacher was recorded stating:
“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.”
The teacher went on to say:
“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.”
As reported by Fox News, the teacher later apologized, explaining to Wright that the “indoctrination” of humans eating bugs to save the environment was presented in district training. The teacher admitted she was unaware of the downsides to eating insects and apologized for not allowing students to write from alternative perspectives.
Wright expressed her concerns:
“I honestly don’t know what the protocol is for this. I’m not sure what – if the teacher is going to get any heat in this. I’m more concerned about the district and where this curriculum came from and also the principal of the school being very condescending in emails that were sent by concerned parents.” She added, “Her response was just absolutely rude and trying to make it look like my daughter had these videos out of context, which I don’t appreciate.”
It’s crucial to handle and prepare insects properly to avoid food-borne illness risks. Insects should be sourced from reliable suppliers, cooked thoroughly, and consumed fresh or stored appropriately to prevent contamination. Additionally, it’s essential to consider potential allergies or adverse reactions some individuals might experience when consuming insects.
We must question the appropriateness of pushing such a singular agenda onto impressionable students, and we must ensure that our educational institutions are fostering critical thinking and open dialogue, rather than dictating a single perspective.
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