Experts Say Home Economics Should Be Brought Back to Teach Children Valuable Lifestyle Skills
For the older generation, do you remember your home economics classes and how it taught you life skills like managing the home, budgeting, sewing, and cooking? Well, this is what the girls learned and boys, of course, learned workshop, fixing things, tools, building stuff and much more. While it was fun, it taught youngsters the importance of the elements that go into creating and managing a family. Home economics was a family oriented class that somehow taught students what it means to be homemakers yet today it is a different scene altogether and several of the younger generations are being deprived of such skills because of the lack of focus on home economics in the education system.
1Home economics taught lifestyle skills and was valuable
If home economics will ring a bell, you will know it was once called Consumer and Family Sciences. Several home skills were taught in the classes and it was kind of fun actually. The generic life skills taught students the values of a home and it did help many later on in life too. Given the fact that the conservatism of the period segregated the skills into gender-based ones, still, it wasn’t a bad thing when girls learned cooking and sewing while boys learned home shop. Today, of course, it is a different story when men too know cooking and managing a home.
2It was conceived with good intentions
Home economics wasn’t a bad thing because it came with good intentions. It was conceived to help students gain knowledge of how to be the ideal housekeeper and how to manage the affairs of a home. It was also designed to cultivate masculine traits in boys with an aim to teach construction and fixing things using tools like hacksaws, drills, and materials like wood and metal.
3It cultivate the values of being in a family and taking part in family management
It was home science or home economics that encouraged the concept and evolution of the importance of family values in a sort of old fashioned traditional way. Some experts say that home eco has both positive and negative aspects. On one hand it could cultivate the traditional values of a family while on the other hand it could lead to a discriminatory type of thought that confined the importance of a female only to homemaking. The world is different today and gender-based professions are more or less not the norm anymore.
4Will children grow up not knowing how to manage a home?
Today, the educational system lacks the old school teaching and methods of home economics. Educational experts feel that home eco isn’t appropriate and does not fit into the current model of education where schools focus more on capacity based learning and constrained subsidizing. On the other hand, many parents worry that their children will grow up without the skills required to survive as an adult.