The Boston Globe had an article yesterday calling for Home Ec to be brought back to our schools but in a new and updated way. I found the article, "Bring back home ec!" really interesting and I think it makes a strong case. Young Americans today, we're fat, unhealthy, not self sufficient, and financially irresponsible and unintelligent. Life skills that were once taught in home ec - and not just to girls too dumb for college but everyone - are still life skills but are no longer taught... by anyone.
The article discusses how home ec, which was started over 100 years ago to bring "scientific rigor into the home, and to professionalize women’s domestic work, bringing dignity and efficiency to both," needs to be taken back to its roots, teaching kids to "cook, sew, and choose a low-interest credit card."
It got me thinking, what do I wish I would have learned in Home Ec, a class I didn't actually even take in high school. What skills do I wish I had first hand experience in or things I had learned in a high school or even college Home Ec class?
Here's my list:
- how to understand the stock market
- how to chose the best loan
- how to make natural / home made detergent and cleaning solutions
- how to butcher a deer, cow, and chicken
- how to clean and prepare fish
- how to plant a garden
- how to can food from the garden
- how to sew (mending, buttons, following simple patterns)
- how to change a tire
- how to change the oil in a car
- how to use simple power tools (drill, saw, etc)
- how to meal plan
Certainly I have learned some of those skills anyways, but a lot of it was trial and error and some of them I still don't know how to do. And what about you? What would be on your list?