Monday, February 8, 2010

Home Economics......Don't Leave School Without It.

Most of what I really need to know about life and what to do and how to be..... I learned in home economics (now called Family and Consumer Science).  I didn't learn it in calculus or physics or French..... I learned it in my home economics class.

This is what I learned...Choose foods from the food pyramid.  Avoid fats and sweets.  Keep your food safe.  Choose cloths to flatter your body type.  Clean and fix them when needed.  Budget your money wisely.  Shop sales.  Read labels, leases, sales and mortgage agreements very carefully.  Don't be a parent too soon.  It's also a good idea to married first.  Choose someone you get along with....then have the baby.  Nuture it, love it, give it the right discipline and know when to let it go.  Learn to balance work and family.  Learn to get along with others.....Learn to like yourself.

Think of what a better world it would be if we were all equipped with the life skills taught in home economics.....If we all had strong happy families.....Had balanced budgets....Could resolve conflict without violence.

It's still true, no matter how old you are....Whether you are male or female....What career you have chosen....It;s still best to go out into the world equipped with basic life skills.........

I wish I could take credit for this, but I can't.  This was written by Marilyn Swierk, 1993 National Home Economics Teacher of the Year.