Home Ec for the 21st Century

I’ve said before that there’s a biz opportunity waiting for an entrepreneur to set up home economics courses for Gen-X and Yers. For many of us, such courses were shunned in favor of “advanced” college prep classes. What we forgot,  in choosing academics over more mundane pursuits, was that we needed to be prepared for the Game of Life. (I did take a typing class in high school, at my parents’ insistence, and I must credit that semester in part with my mad writing skillz  skills.)

It seems that some folks are thinking that the Millenials need home economics classes. I’m down with that. This story from EatDrinkandBe.org by Amanda Lucas certainly makes a good case for it:

Home economics class once taught adolescents how to bake apple pie, cook meatloaf and sew the perfect pillow. But the nearly-extinct high school class, often canceled for economic and higher educational reasons, is being advocated for once again, as child obesity rates creep up. Researchers advocate reintroducing food in the classroom, but this time, with a focus on nutrition and healthy eating.

Nutrition Science Professor Alice Lichtenstein and Pediatric Endocrinologist David Ludwig suggest schools develop a modernized home economics curriculum in the U.S. to educate children on basic principles of food preparation, menu planning and nutrition, according to their commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Originally, home economics was based on the idea that “future homemakers should be educated in the care and feeding of their families,” Lichtenstein and Ludwig wrote, according to the Los Angeles Times. But with a greater use of foods prepared outside the home, Lichtenstein, of Tufts University, says many of today’s students are not exposed to basic food purchasing and preparation skills. [Read more]