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The case for more home economics classes

Like many people, once I established my own home away from my parents and started my own job, I started to think about how my education had failed me. Yes, I had many years of dedicated schooling around math and science and communications, but some basics alluded me. I knew how to cook, for example, (thanks, Mom!), but I didn't know how to use a drill (I should have taken shop class). I could balance my checkbook, but didn't have the first clue of how to do my own taxes (clearly this was before we had online banking).

I thought that instead of making government and economics the required classes for graduating in my state, students would have been better off with a beefed-up version of home economics that somehow also taught basic home maintenance.


As it turns out, home economics classes (or as they are often referred to today - family and consumer sciences classes) are so popular today that they can't find enough good teachers - especially in the Midwest.

The article also points out how much the classes have evolved over the years: not only are they now popular with both genders, but they have practical applications to real life. So, a home economics class taught to city students may not be the same for rural students, but all students are still taught how to make a budget.

What elective did I take instead of home economics?
Typing.


If you could go back to school and take a class you missed out on, what would it be? Tell me in the comments.

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Comment by Lauren Markman on July 11, 2015 at 7:42pm

Thanks for sharing, Kristi! Yes, the core classes are important, but so are all those other ones - music, art, language - the ones that help round us out a bit.

Comment by Kristi Blok on July 11, 2015 at 2:57pm

We don't have Home Ec. here in anymore (I live in Ottawa, Canada) It's a shame!  I'm in my late 30's and still remember the fun I had and I still remember a lot of the basics of sewing and cooking/baking.  I wish I had taken more languages in school but my parents (thinking this was best) pushed me to take science and math. Subjects that I struggled with but they thought it would help my future.

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