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“I will be honest, there are some kids, I take them into the (kitchen) lab, and they can’t even measure…we are talking basic, basic skills. I think that has a lot to do with the family structure, how the family has changed” (Wischmeyer). Home Economics was a mandatory and popular class in the 1980’s and 1990’s. This class taught more than how to frost a cake, it taught basic and detailed skills such as sewing a button, measuring and sanitizing skills. In this class learning to manage a budget and preparing a meal were strong components as well as learning to use basic tools. Some saw it as a Woman’s’ class, but it had important skills that all people must know. As years pass, more schools are dropping the Home Economics programs, but they must be included in all High School Curriculum because it helps teach necessary basic skills, explore different job opportunities, and it is a much needed, dying traditional class.
Learning basic skills such as, hem a skirt, or create a budget, are practical life skills that are to be taught in Home Economics classes. “The basics of cooking, shop…
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