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post #21 of 59
Our middle school doesn't have it. Our high school has a cooking class and I think that's it.
post #22 of 59
My daughter (7th grade) has a class this semester called 'home living' in which the kids are learning to use a sewing machine and to cook a few simple recipes. It seems like a lot of the class is about food safety, kitchen safety, sewing machine safety, and nutrition.
post #23 of 59
I know a girl who graduated from college with a HomeEc degree!
post #24 of 59
Our public school middle school does not offer home ec or shop.

I too have fond memories of these classes while in middle school. To this day I still remember a group of boys making blueberry muffins and they didn't wash the blueberries from the can first. The muffins came out looking green (blueberry juice with the yellow batter). Everyone got a laugh. In shop I remember I cut and sanded wooden birds, cut and twisted the metal for the wings, bent and curled iron for a home sign.

Too bad kids today don't get the same hands-on fun stuff at school.
post #25 of 59
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Honestly, I think that more important than Home Ec or Shop class is some sort of financial education class. How to balance your checkbook, what credit is, etc. To me, that is way more useful if we are talking life skills.
This was part of our home ec class. I was in school right as they were changing the name to "family and consumer sciences". We learned budgeting, home decorating, cooking, sewing, and probably some other stuff I have forgotten.

I took 3 years of home ec. The third year was "parenting", open to students that had a child or had 2 years of home ec under their belt (ie me, cause they didn't know where else to put me, cause no one else wanted that much home ec in my school ) We did all the home-ec-y stuff, but geared towards small kids. And, once a month, we all shared breakfast courtesy of WIC. (I had to bring the bacon, cause I didn't have a baby or WIC )
post #26 of 59
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I know a girl who graduated from college with a HomeEc degree!
My college offered a home ec degree (I think it had one of those jazzed-up names, though). It was an all-women's college, so I think it may have been a holdover from the days when women went their to get their "M.R.S." degree.

I collect mid-century cookbooks and the like, and I have a textbook from that time that tells all of the things that you can do with a home ec degree. A lot of the things list (nutritionist, nursery school teacher, fashion designer, food editor) now have their own degree programs. Maybe during the era, home ec was the catch-all degree for anyone wanting to go into anything related to the home, cooking, childcare, and design.
post #27 of 59
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Maybe during the era, home ec was the catch-all degree for anyone wanting to go into anything related to the home, cooking, childcare, and design.
Oh, no, this was recently. She graduated maybe three years ago.
post #28 of 59
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In shop, I learned that if you act cute and sweet enough, you can get a male to fix it for you :. I was deathly afraid of the band saw and the scroll saw, so I decided that instead of actually cutting the wood, I would just sand it until it reached the desired shape. My science teacher took pity on me when he saw the shape of my shop project, took it home, and fixed it up for me. I applied this lesson to many things in my early 20s. Some feminist I am.

I am still scared of saws.
Ditto, except I was scared of the welder. And I just stole something out of the "trash" barrel and passed it off as my own :
post #29 of 59
I had home ec in high school, it was a whole division with different electives such as:

Foods
Sewing
Knitting
Interior Decorating
Family Planning (not the BC--about marriage, children, home life, etc.)
Child Development

I took the interior decorating, family planning and child development. My brother took Foods and sewing.

It wasn't called home ec though--it was called FACE. Family and Consumer Education, I think.

As far as I know those classes are still being taught at my hs.
post #30 of 59
I wish they would drop the Home Ec title and just create a course called BASIC LIFE SKILLS. I know so many adults who don't know how to cook (like me, as my mother would never let me due to her being a control freak), do laundry (quite a few male friends), and the biggest issue, handling finances. I'm glad that the days are gone when home ec was offered to girls and shop was offered to boys. But I would have given my left arm to have access to some sort of finance course. How to balance a checkbook, budgeting, investing, saving, etc etc etc. My parents taught me nothing.
post #31 of 59
The jr. high I teach at has it, but the classes are called "Foods, " "Foods II," and "Creative Sewing." All classes are quite popular, even with males, in fact I think the numbers are pretty equal by gender in the foods classes. They make great stuff and share with the teachers!!!
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post #33 of 59
I took both home ec and shop in middle school, and they were both a joke. If these life skills are taught well I think they are very important and useful, but I got nearly nothing out of those classes. I didn't learn anything about cooking I didn't already know, the sewing didn't stick at all with me, and I was too nervous to do much more than slack off in shop. That was in a very small middle school with probably not enough resources to provide useful experiences with these things, maybe other schools do a better job of it.
post #34 of 59
In PA teachers are certificated in Family and Consumer Science and then teach a wide range of things - cooking, sewing, crafts, child development.
post #35 of 59
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The jr. high I teach at has it, but the classes are called "Foods, " "Foods II," and "Creative Sewing." All classes are quite popular, even with males, in fact I think the numbers are pretty equal by gender in the foods classes. They make great stuff and share with the teachers!!!
My brother took the equivalent of 'Foods' and 'Foods II' in hs. He made it his first class so he would always have breakfast!
They were called 'Beginning Food' and 'Advanced Beginning Food' if you took it twice, but it was the same class. There is still a Home Economics department at our hs, though.
post #36 of 59
oh, I loved our old home ec teacher. The only thing I didn't like was that you had to share the teensy kitchen and divide a simple recipe among, like, five kids. "You pour in the milk, I'll stir, and then Kylie can put it in the oven."

She had a cross-stitch club that met at lunch. Lifesaver for a dorky towheaded poor girl. Gave us misfits somewhere warm and inviting to go.
post #37 of 59
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This was part of our home ec class. I was in school right as they were changing the name to "family and consumer sciences". We learned budgeting, home decorating, cooking, sewing, and probably some other stuff I have forgotten.

I took 3 years of home ec. The third year was "parenting", open to students that had a child or had 2 years of home ec under their belt (ie me, cause they didn't know where else to put me, cause no one else wanted that much home ec in my school ) We did all the home-ec-y stuff, but geared towards small kids. And, once a month, we all shared breakfast courtesy of WIC. (I had to bring the bacon, cause I didn't have a baby or WIC )
wedid the same stuff, we talked alot about redesigning kitchens. we touched a tiny bit on parenting and how to feed children nutritious food, but we also had an elective class called childcare and nannying, which i did.
post #38 of 59
Ah yes. Home Ec. I had one that must have been mainly sewing. I remember sewing some spandex shorts which I think included a trip to the fabric store to pick out the supplies. We also sewed sweatshirts, and I accidentally sewed mine inside out, with the fuzzy part on the outside Then, I guess to make up for that, I made extra credit project was my 9th grade dance dress. I twas a Vogue pattern and have satin, lace, velvet, boning and hundreds of tiny hand sewn tucks in the bodice. Yes, I actually wore it to the dance.

I had shop class too. Hated it! I know the T.A. did a few things for me, as well as the teacher. The funny thing is, now DH and I are building a house ourselves and I'll use any tool we have. We built our current "temporary" home we live in now. Shop class had nothing to do with the skills I have now.

I think a cross stitch club would have been fun. I would have joined.
post #39 of 59
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She had a cross-stitch club that met at lunch. Lifesaver for a dorky towheaded poor girl. Gave us misfits somewhere warm and inviting to go.
I would have been all over that club like white on rice!!! I started cross stitching at 12 but noone in my school was as dorky as me, their pass times were music, sports, cutting class, smoking and getting pregnant, which is why we only had 7 graduating seniors.
post #40 of 59
My daughter had a class called "Home Career" in high school. I'm thinking about putting a laughing face in here, but I guess that might be offensive (?)

"Home career" combined some cooking with computer classes.
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