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What Happened To Home Economics?

I keep close tabs on my stats and for a very long time my most popular post was about wallpapering my kitchen, until now that is.  Now my most popular post is my 50’s housewife daily cleaning routine, which has beat out the wallpaper post almost 10 to 1!

Which got me thinking that there are a lot of people looking to keep a clean and happy home.  We go back to the 50’s when the role of the homemaker was aspired to, and where did these women learn to be so kickass in the house?  They learned it in school!

Think back on those long days sitting in class and counting down the minutes to the bell, can you honestly remember even half of what you were taught?  Your education was designed to prepare you for a promising career, but how much of that education was designed to prepare you for home, for family?

Did you learn proper nutrition so you could feed your children or yourself healthy prepared meals?  Did you learn to manage your home finances, to take out a mortgage, or to budget?  Did you learn to sew your own clothes, or to mend the ones you already had?  Did you learn manners or etiquette so you could conduct yourself properly?  Did you learn to set up home and make it functional as well as comfortable?  Did you learn how to keep a home, and to clean both effectively and efficiently?  No?  Neither did I.

Tell me why we are taught things like French or art but are not taught simple and useful things like how to take care of ourselves and our families?  Is it just me or are we taught that our only value is to go to school, get an education, get a job and earn money?  We spend so much time prepping for college that we forget to prepare for life.

What is wrong with teaching home economics?  What is wrong with wanting a career at home?  Why shouldn’t teenagers have the option to learn to cook, or clean, or raise a family?  Too often teenagers graduate, are sent out on their own with no real knowledge of how to take care of themselves.  They don’t know how to cook healthy meals, they don’t know how to keep their things clean, they don’t know the value of property and opt to buy new rather than fix what they already own.

In my opinion, not offering these kinds of courses anymore is failing youths of today.  Going out and getting a job is not everyones dream, why not give teens the option to stay home, if they so choose, and teach them how to do it.  Teach them how to live off one income, believe me it is possible, teach them how to live with less, how to DIY.  Teach them to be educated, responsible people outside the home as well as in.

Am I alone on this or does anyone else out there feel the same way I do?  Comment below if you agree or not.

 

 

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    Anonymous
    June 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I agree 100%. That whole part on only preparing students for college and not life is perfectly said!

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    Allison Caron
    June 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you!

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    Anonymous
    June 25, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    This is actually perfect! I agree completely!!!

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    Allison Caron
    July 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    So happy to see someone else agrees! Thank you!

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    Anonymous
    August 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    School isn't intended to teach us everything. Our parents and families are responsible for teaching us these skills, as they should.

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    Allison Caron
    September 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Well then one could argue that our parents should also teach us math, English, history, physical education, calculus, algebra, trigonometry, Spanish, and any other course you take in high school, no?

    I'm not arguing that parents shouldn't do their part in educating their offspring, I'm simply saying that these things have their place in schools too.

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