It is quite possible that some readers of this article experienced Home Economics classes at school.
Or if Home Economics doesn’t ring any bells you might have known it as Consumer and Family Sciences.
These classes taught everyone the generic life skills that we all needed for daily life.
Being a conservative world back then, girls learned how to finance and budget, cook, and sew. Whereas the boys learned how to fix things, make use of tools, build things, etc.
Home Economics courses apparently had good intentions. They were designed to impart the knowledge required by young ladies to be ideal housekeepers and housewives. It taught them to sew, cook, clean, and to make sure they were capable of keeping the house affairs together.
The course also intended to impart masculine traits in boys. The class based itself on the presumptions that boys must become strong, masculine men. Their aim was to construct and fix everything, use hacksaws, use drills, learn to work with wood and metal. Which is obviously an excellent thing.
Since then, however, the notion of the old-fashioned family has evolved. One might say it has ushered in both negative and positive changes.
Our current education systems lack the past lessons. People are of the belief that these programs are not appropriate given the current educational modules. Schools bring their focus onto matters such as capacity-based learning in addition to constrained subsidizing.
The flip side of the coin shows that parents are concerned that their kids will not have the basic skills that they need to survive as a grown adult.
Primary subjects such as Arithmetic, History, and English are indeed extremely significant. But Home Economics certainly helped students learn about basic skills in health, cooking, and made them adept with accounts.
As much as we should not go back to the sexist courses which existed in the past, it would certainly benefit everyone to learn a better integrated and unified course in today’s world.
The courses in question have not become extinct, but the “quality” has been diminished. In the year 2012, just about 3.51 million understudies took an attempt at Domestic Consumer Science Aux Projects. Which represents a 38% reduction in the past decade.
The President of the Association of Teacher Educators for Family and Consumer Sciences, Susan Turgeson, is of the belief that there are useful parts in the course even now. It can teach things such as hydroponics, soil treatment, and network planting.
While it is debatable (or not) that we should revisit home economics classes, some believe it can benefit the livelihoods of our future generation of adults. The kids can truly learn to harness useful life skills. This, in turn, will help them save time as well as money.