Family and Consumer Sciences
Oh my! The media is hot with articles, news clips and college information focusing on the need for Family and Consumer Sciences in our schools! (Beware – the article titles may say Home Ec, but the name change to Family and Consumer Sciences is spelled out loud and clear in the body of the articles.) I thought the Japan Home Economics article was most interesting. You might be familiar with the FCCLA Japanese Exchange program. Our students who have been to Japan see the coloration between academics and family and consumer sciences emphasized first hand.
All of the publications have come about in the month of October! I encourage you to use the talking points brought to light by the authors and the comments from the field. Your daily conversations allow opportunities to focus on Idaho’s need for the recruitment and retention of FCS teachers as well as solid FCS programs in our schools and communities.
- Who Says Home-Ec Isn't a Core Subject? By Christine Cross-Loh
- In Japan, they teach meal planning alongside math, with impressive results.
- Bring back home ec! By Ruth Graham
- The case for a revival of the most retro class in school
- A Modest Proposal for Curing Our Economic Woes: Mandatory Home Ec by Bruce Watson
- Budgets balance in today's home ec (FCS) classes by Beth Wischmeyer
College Major information:
- The Best 10 Degrees for Finding Jobs (FCS Education is in the TOP 10!)
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education is a driving force in leadership and support to assist individuals, families and communities in making informed decisions about their well being, relationships and recourses to achieve optimal quality of life. FCS programs enable students to acquire broad, transferable skills for employment and personal life as well as job-specific skills in careers related to early childhood development, education, social and human services, food production and management, hospitality and tourism, apparel and interior design, and entrepreneurship.
All students face the challenge of living, working, and succeeding in a diverse, global society. As life becomes more complex, it is increasingly important to empower people to think critically and to take responsibility for their own lives and to respect the rights of others in the family, the workplace and the community.