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