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What subjects should be taught in public school that are not already?

Let's say there's this girl named Reis.

Reis has a 4.0 unweighted GPA and a 5.3 weighted GPA in the top highschool in Texas (for those not affiliated with the U.S GPA system… that's good).

The last time she has ever gotten anything late was when she was a 1st year… in preschool.

She has also gotten herself involved in a country wide volunteer organisation known as “National Honour Society”, and has gained herself her fair share of 240 volunteer hours.

After having score a 1520/1520 on the practice nation entrance exam, the PSAT, and a 1600/1600 on the actual national entrance exam, the SAT, she received a national merit scholarship, as well as a full ride to a school that she always wanted to go to: Harvard.

She even became involved in Varsity Tennis, GT Art, full-time band, AP Physics 4 and whatever other advanced class you can state.

So, when she graduates, she is given a diploma for all that she learned, she is given praise for being valedictorian, she is just utterly amazing.

And yet, the second she gets out of school…

…and she settles into an apartment after being in a college dormitory for one year…

…she doesn't even know how to cook.

Or clean.

Or do laundry.

She sits there, trying to look back at her textbooks, her notes, her anything!

Alas, however, she lacks the skills to even live a basic life.

So she sits there, calls her parents, and relies on her parents to do everything.

While she's an adult.

Maybe if school taught basic life skills, Reis wouldn't be stuck in this situation.

But maybe it's the parent's job to do that.

Not all parents will do that, though. Sad, but true.

Maybe Reis should've taken Home Economics.

Sorry, amongst the 150 courses in her High school, Home Economics is not one of them. Plus, even in high schools in which it is offered, not too many students would take it.

Maybe Reis should just research on her own.

Perhaps. School teaches you how to learn, not just what to learn. She could just research on her own.

But would it be better for a teenager to learn life skills before becoming an adult, or becoming an adult with no knowledge of life skills whatsoever, exposing them to possible problems early on?

High school decides.

Reis' future and the futures of many other teens are in their hands.


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90 Comments
Elaine Bauer
My Home Ec teacher was a scientist, who taught us the principles behind whatever she was guiding us on. The chemistry behind rising bread, braising v/s dry cooking certain meats, preventing fabric from fraying.... I had the joyful opportunity to thank her, as an adult. I’m able to cook creatively, without recipes often because I know why things work.
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Jan 19, 2021 4:58PM
Laura Takeda
The home ec. teacher I knew was told she had to locate someone to replace her when she retired....Our junior high schools had all seventh graders do a semester of home ec.
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Dec 7, 2020 6:06PM
Cheryl McMeekin
I took home ec, when I was in high school. It does make a difference for when you're on your own!!!
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Dec 2, 2020 6:09PM
Joseph Jennings
The elimination of shop classes from school curriculum was the beginning of the "me" generation. Every child, male or female should learn about basic life skills such as cleaning, cooking, shopping, auto maintenance gardening, and child care.
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Jun 4, 2020 8:25PM
Tamie Elliott
Yes I believe teaching the basics of life, cooking, cleaning, money management & yes even easy home repairs is a good idea. Please don’t blame the parents for not doing this. A lot have to work during the day. Boys & girls should be taught all elements. It’s nit just a women’s job to cook & clean. Not just a mans job to change a fuse.
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Apr 19, 2020 8:23AM
Linda Carol Skelton
Everyone who wants home economics should be able to take it in high school.
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Mar 22, 2020 1:10AM
Carolyn Frederick
My sons took home ec. It made their adult life so much easier.
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Mar 17, 2020 4:37PM
Jim Adams
When my son was in H.S. One of the mandatory classes everyone boy and girl had to pass was called Bachelor Economics. Basically it was HomeEx without the knitting, there was one way to avoid taking BachelorEx. However you had to take and pass HomeEx instead to do it. Everyone graduated from his school knowing how to cook, sew, do laundry and balance a checkbook, maybe not expertly but not totally ignorant either. I could say, I wished I had a course like that when I was going to school but we actually had something better, chores at home. Except for balancing a checkbook, nobody had any money for a checking account back then, I could cook, clean, sew and fix my own car with the best of them.
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Feb 5, 2020 5:54PM
lsthomas
Absolutely yes.....Home Economics, Shop and Bookkeeping. Need to be taught how to balance a check book, money management, and how the stock market works.
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Jan 28, 2020 9:42PM
Raymond Cardona
Yes it’s unfortunate that Home Economics is not taught in high school anymore. I remember fondly taking “HE” in high school and I learned cooking sewing and money management skills. Bonnie
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Jan 5, 2020 6:16PM
SusieQ.
My Grandma, Aunt, and even Mom taught me a lot of basic life skills! I also took a couple of Home Economic classes! And I taught my son and grandkids some of the things I knew! Should be mandatory for all kids! Including the boys!
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Nov 20, 2019 1:28PM
Cherie VanCoppenolle
Home Ec, Shop and Bookkeeping should be routine classes, taught first year of high school.
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Nov 12, 2019 10:52AM
Pauline McBride
Karen Whitney, my husband was offered the option of either taking home economics or shop at his high school. He took home economics.
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Nov 6, 2019 6:26PM
ben tiger
Yes home economics and shop should be taught in school as far as budgeting and how to balance a checkbook should be taught in their math class
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Oct 19, 2019 1:00PM
Joan Richardson
They should know how to budget , balance a cheque book.
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Oct 8, 2019 4:01PM

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