Food for Thought: Should We Bring Back Home Ec Class?

Food for Thought: Should We Bring Back Home Ec Class?

Andie Powers
Sep 16, 2014
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I think I may have been one of the last classes that attended a true home economics class in junior high school, where we learned everything from cooking, sewing, embroidery, nutrition, finances and how to change a flat tire. And for those who are wondering—yes, the class was most definitely co-ed! I was shocked to learn, however, that most American junior and high schools have phased out the home economics program due to budget cuts and lack of interest.

In today's economy, it's a wonder to me that this class isn't a priority, especially with a rapidly-rising obesity rate and young adults drowning in student debt. I was lucky enough to have parents who reinforced these home-ec lessons at home, but it's difficult not to consider those kids whose parents don't have the time or resources to teach proper nutrition, cooking and home life skills.

So what do you think? Did you attend a home economics class in school, and if so, what lessons were the most valuable to you? Do you make it a point to teach these lessons at home with your own kids? Leave your comments for us below!

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