Wake up. Brushing teeth. Be ready. Have breakfast. Go to school.
It is the basic routine for children all over the world. Going to school is necessary to be educated in writing, reading and basic mathematics. But what about other subjects?
Of all the courses students are required to take, none of them effectively prepare us for the real world. Sure, it helps students get into colleges, but whether or not someone decides to go to school for extra years doesn’t change the fact that they will one day have to be independent.
Unfortunately, many students are not ready for an independent life, as most of them have only ever learned complex mathematical formulas instead of basic life skills. The school does not prepare students for the world, but perhaps reviving and reinventing the home economics course could help at least partially solve this problem.
According to British children, whose study of home economics in school is sometimes referred to as “educational life”. Since so much of a person’s life centers around the family and home, home economics deals with the issues and challenges of housekeeping.
Some examples of things that have been taught in home economics are how to make a viable family budget, how to choose and sew fabric, how to prepare nutritious meals, and how to take care of children. These practical life skills are important to know.
However, nowadays home economics is not as popular or even offered at all in schools. Instead, students spend hours in other subjects that they don’t necessarily need as adults. It would be more interesting for students to take home economics instead, which would teach them practical skills and knowledge that are more relevant and essential to student life.
In the past, home economics was traditionally a course to help women be better housewives. Nowadays, doing the laundry or cooking is not only associated with women but is gender neutral, as these are tasks that both men and women should know how to do.
I propose that we reintroduce home economics as a life skills course in high school so that students do not graduate with only academic knowledge, but also what they need to live independently as than functional adults.
In this reintroduced version of home economics, students may have the opportunity to learn practical skills or techniques they need to know when they reach adulthood, such as how to manage finances or apply to jobs. This gender-neutral class will focus primarily on preparing students for the basic skills they will need to know anyway, regardless of their future path.
The home economics course can also include how to raise a child, cooking lessons for different nutritious dishes, etc. In a way, home economics is the guide to becoming an adult.
One way to help prepare students for the outside world is the reintroduction and requirement of home economics for high school. With the addition of this course, student schedules may become too tight.
One solution is to let home economics replace an option instead. Another option is to make home economics a required summer course. This way, instead of sacrificing an elective in school, students are simply sacrificing free time during the summer in exchange for some essential life skills.
Whether or not the student ends up going to college, the practical skills taught in home economics are necessary to survive independently. With the help of counselors, students will be able to properly manage their schedules and also learn the life skills they will need in the real world.
Home economics is more than just a course that teaches practical skills. People will need these essential skills throughout their lives. These necessary knowledge and abilities have to be taught somewhere, and high school home economics is the best option.
Overall, a new version of home economics can be a course that prepares students so that they have the skills to survive situations they will face in the future and are ready to become “adults”.