People call for home economics to be brought back so kids can learn basic life skills

Nowadays, most kids are not interested into learning any basic skills. They have no idea how to cook or prepare food for themselves. According to reports, there has been a significant decrease in students opting for the school subject home economics in the United States since 2012.

Discussions now are that the subject should return, and include elements such as gardening and building a compost to ensure a more responsible and sustainable future.

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According to this report by National Public Radio, there has been a 38 percent decrease in pupils studying home economics, potentially leaving generations of students without crucial life skills.

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Previous generations have had the opportunity to study subjects including cooking, laundry, auto shop, woodwork, metalwork, and household budgeting, all of which are arguably more practical and necessary for a generation to be independent.

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According to the NPR report, classes like home economics should be re-introduced but “might now include subjects such as community gardening, composting, and even hydroponics.” Students would also learn cooking skills, how to budget for groceries, and how to complete their taxes.

These are lessons that would help young people become much more self-sufficient as they venture into the world of adulthood.

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What do you think? Should life-skill classes be inclusive in education? Do you see a marked difference in how various generations traverse life? Tell us your thoughts and opinions, and don’t forget to pass this article along to others as food for thought.

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