Is it time to bring back home ec classes?
June 26, 2014
Guests: Ruth Graham and Carol Werhan
With a country hooked on processed and fast foods, a difficult economy for many Americans, and increasing numbers of men and women sharing household and childcare responsibilities, thereâ€™s a renewed call to incorporate â€śhome economicsâ€ť courses into middle and high school curricula. Forget those images of girls sewing aprons and skirts and learning how to make cinnamon toast. This is not your motherâ€™s home ec. Todayâ€™s classes have been rebranded with the title of â€śfamily and consumer sciencesâ€ť and include topics like nutrition, financial literacy, and building healthy relationships. Journalist RUTH GRAHAM wrote all about the efforts to implement â€śfamily and consumer sciencesâ€ť into schools in an October article in the Boston Globe. She joins us along with CAROL WERHAN, Associate Professor and teacher educator of Family and Consumer Sciences at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.