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Old 09-13-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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I agree. Its great for schools to incorporate home economics into their curriculum, however, I believe its ultimately up to the parent/s or caregivers to demonstrate at home. Cooking and nutrition are invaluable lessons to learn early, in my opinion.

If the schools continue with these classes, I'd stress that budgeting finances and learning early about credit and self sufficiency is certainly valuable.
I agree with the above but I also believe that parents and Not Only teachers should be sure that by the time their children graduate they can properly read and do simple math...
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Old 09-13-2011, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I agree. Its great for schools to incorporate home economics into their curriculum, however, I believe its ultimately up to the parent/s or caregivers to demonstrate at home. Cooking and nutrition are invaluable lessons to learn early, in my opinion.
Just like with anything else, school shouldn't be intended/structured to take the place of lessons taught at home, by parents, but to complement them. Just as teachers shouldn't be providing the SOLE exposure to reading, etc., neither should they be providing the sole exposure to life skills. What is the job of parents, if not be the primary teachers of their children? Why have kids if you have no interest in their being able to learn anything from you? Home ec type classes, and basic personal finance teach a very important type of functional literacy. Such things shoudn't be anymore left to just the school system to teach than basic literacy and arithmetic skills should be.
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Maple Lake, MN
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I homeschool my 13-year-old granddaughter. Her basic curriculum is online, but this year we are doing the home ec classes. She is learning to sew (a lot of math there with measuring, etc.), how to cook basics other than opening a can and the microwave, planning meals, giving her a budget and she has to buy groceries for the week (with help), reading food labels, what she can substitute, reading the store ads, etc. Right now she knows more than my grown daughters on some of these things, as they had no interest until recently with raising their families.
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