In the past, home economics was a core subject for women in school. Throughout the 20th century, young girls would learn everything needed to run a household independently, including how to do laundry, cook, sew, and care for the sick. Over the years, men started taking the course too. Did you ever take home economics as a course in school?
Home economics was designed to teach young women how to care for their families during marriage. The principles considered necessary for daily living were covered by a teacher instead of a young woman relying on calling their mother for help.
The home economics classroom covered everything from running a washing machine to producing home-cooked meals. Boys were never required to take these lessons. Times have changed, and now men and women look after the home and family.
Across the country, home economics classes are being cut from school curriculums. Kids are no longer learning the basic skills of adulthood. Many Americans want to see home economics restored to the classroom.
Kids seem to need these skills even before they reach adulthood. With their parents and guardians working many hours, kids need these skills to survive even before living independently.
A recent study found that 62.7 percent of 2020 high school graduates were enrolled in college. Kids spending their first year in a dorm room find they don’t have the skills to cook or clean for themselves.
Many people want home economics to expand and teach how to change a tire, file taxes, and other household chores. While kids can learn this from their own parents and caregivers, there is rarely time for these lessons in the home due to work schedules. Do you think restoring home economics to each school’s curriculum would be valuable?