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Why High Schools Need to Integrate Home Economics as Part of the Curriculum Again

It sounds so old school, baby boomer era–the whole taking home economics class. It was probably seen as an easy A course–a mandatory class no one really wanted to take; but here’s the issue: 2017, and the common American teenager is raised with the mother cooking or the maid cooking, the maid or mom making lunches, the maid cleaning, the maid ironing, the gardener mowing the lawn, and much more luxuries that years ago, the common kid learned to do as chores. I think you know where I’m going with this–don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. Yes, mr./mrs. millennial, I’m talking to you (myself included).

  1. Problem: I wish I knew how to iron the white shirt I borrowed from my college roommate without burning a small hole in it–and the wrinkles still appearing more vibrant as ever. Starch? What? Ya, I’m doing dry cleaning–too bad it’s the same price as a meal…

Answer: Ugh, I now buy clothes that don’t wrinkle….and select a few to go dry cleaning. Even better, those steamer guns are the world’s best invention for us millennials rushing to get to an interview or a cocktail party or just visiting parents–got to always look good for them before they regret letting you go live on your own.

2. Problem: I wish I knew it was NOT safe to microwave glue….

Answer: glue is usually the easiest answer for young ones…. well we are impatient too….that glue gets stuck in the bottle so light bulb in your head goes on…you microwave it for ten seconds…little do you know that the toxic glue in the bottle has a small hole and explodes and is stuck to the walls of the microwave–you’re screwed.

3. Problem: Plants dying. Always trying to keep a trendy apartment–right….you see plants in magazines making the rooms look chic and homey.

Answer: I wish I didn’t have to buy a cactus as home plants and buy a new orchid every week. I either overwater plants or forget sun is vital for these delicate decorations.

4. Problem: I wish I didn’t use duct tape for everything.

Answer: learn how to use nails, sew, or properly fix things…..ya that’s not happening…I guess we have to buy new replacements…

5. Problem: I wish I didn’t have to use safety pins to hold clothes together…

Answer: Learn how to sew a button!

The list goes on forever….

I know I’m not the only one who goes through these thoughts….society and the education system has changed our young minds to think we don’t need that kind of training. It should not be assumed that we learn these basic skills at home, especially today when, as I mentioned before, the common American family has so many more resources now to do the common chore. Kid’s do not know how to mow the lawn, iron, sew, clean with the proper materials or liquids, cook decent meals, and even as basic knowledge of what to do when the sink is clogged. Modern apartment complexes provide great maintenance teams to fix the slightest of problems. Of course, kids are being deprived the basic knowledge of home economics and well, simply, health and safety. I am not saying parents, give your children more chores. hah. Well, maybe. Just a thought about why those kind of courses were taken out of the education system.

Now, if you excuse me…I have to go rewash my laundry…putting a wool blanket with the rest of your laundry….bad idea. Dryer sheets? Are those important?

 

One thought on “Why High Schools Need to Integrate Home Economics as Part of the Curriculum Again

  1. I love it!

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