OPINION: Home Ec can provide essential skills

How many times have you talked to an adult and they mentioned taking a Home Ec. class? More often than not, most of your parents were required to take a Home Economics class in high school or sometimes even elementary school. These classes were used to teach young students basic life skills that would help them later in life.

Home Economics first surfaced in the early 1900s and was generally accepted and praised for offering knowledge on how to stretch a dollar or save money by teaching simple domestic skills. However, after WWII when most women had become accustomed to working in professional jobs, men returning home and trying to push them back into their domestic roles by encouraging them to take Home Ec. classes to focus on becoming better homemakers cast Home Ec. courses in a bad light, making them out to limit women’s capabilities instead of promoting a general awareness for domestic tasks and basic life education like it was meant to be.

Since then, Home Ec. was slowly filtered out of school curriculum, and it was decided that student academics should focus more on sciences and core subjects rather than domestic and life training. This might have been fine the first couple of years the Home Ec. was taken away, because most students in school had experienced at least a small part of the class and its lessons. But currently a multitude of students and young adults are leaving high school and heading into independent college life without one iota of experience of living on their own. This is a huge problem because an entire generation of people are struggling to learn basic life skills and tricks that could’ve easily been taught to them before they were caught in the headlights of life.

Students are in school eight hours a day, five days a week, 36 weeks a year, and from all of that, we can probably tell you how to calculate the volume of a cylinder, but we still don’t know how to fill out tax forms? Our entire youth from the time we are 6-years-old was spent training and preparing us for school after high school, but we were never prepared for life after high school. This is why it is essential that Home Ec. courses be returned to school curriculums as soon as possible; that way students can start learning how to lead a life without the constant need of help from their parents. Students can be taught how to balance a checkbook, how to schedule doctor’s appointments, what to do if you’re living alone and you get sick, basic first aid, how to change a flat tire or change your oil, and how to cook a meal that isn’t microwaved or spaghetti. How are we expected to succeed in life if we don’t know what to expect from life?

Written by Jade Berry, Staff Writer

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