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Want to Have a Healthier Society? Bring Back Home Economics

Liz Dwyer

Many of us are pretty reliant on convenience foods, but making everything from scratch doesn't have to take more time, and it's nearly always healthier. So why don't we have home economics classes anymore? Over at Mother Jones Tom Philpott dives into the fast food industry's calculated destruction of the American Home Economics Association in order to produce "generation upon generation of people who don't know how to feed themselves healthily." How do we reverse this? Bring back home ec.

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  • Jackie Ramirez

    Good point Liz. That's definitely an issue that has received much talk in the Public Health arena. We can make all the fresh food available and accessible to communities but it needs to be accompanied with cooking classes. The truth of the matter is that most people don't know how to cook any more and the majority of single moms rely on take-outs to feed their children in between jobs. So the question is how can we make teach the next generation of kids to cook for themselves and bring back the home cooking tradition.

  • Jackie Poinier

    Its empowering to cook. It would be cool to see how teachers have promoted the empowering qualities of cooking and gardening... like independence, self-sufficency, the ability to be generous etc

  • Hillary Newman

    I'm really into this idea. Liz, do you know any schools that incorporate home economics, or a similar type of class, into their their curriculum? There's got to be a modern way to teach students the basics.