BY COLIN CRAWFORD
FEATURES SECTION EDITOR
Students at the Bay are offered a wide variety of classes, from unique courses like Interior Design to more traditional courses like AP Calculus AB/BC. However, one key class that is missing from the annual course card is the option to take a Home Economics class. Home Economics would greatly benefit the student body and should be a requirement for graduation.
The skills that students can gain from a home economics class are vast and invaluable. Learning how to sew, cook and clean will be helpful to students when they go off to college and are no longer relying on their parents.
In today’s world, home economics classes have severely declined due to intense focus on college preparation, but students should learn life skills, not just how to balance chemical equations or find the derivative of a function. According to the Associated Press, national enrollment in life skills classes and teachers certified to teach such a class has annually declined since 2002.
This is a problem, not just for the teenagers of today, but for the future of America as a whole. What will people do when faced with the unknown? Whip out their smartphones and Google it? Perhaps a YouTube tutorial or an unrealistic Wikihow page may come in handy, but if adults have to resort to watching a video to learn how to do basic life skills, then how are they supposed to succeed on their own?
It is important to teach students these skills, but overall, there does not seem to be high enthusiasm to bring home economics back into the majority of schools. The Bay should spearhead the initiative to bring back family consumer science classes to prepare its students for life in the real world.
While some may say that Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) helps students manage their nutrition, this is only one aspect of what home economics can offer.
According to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the curriculum is supposed to help students learn personal and family finance as well as culinary arts.
Student loan debt is a current national crisis, so students should learn good financial practices before they go to college in order to avoid financial insecurity. Learning how to cook can also help students with nutrition when they are living alone so they don’t rely on microwave dinners to sustain them. Even though many colleges offer meal plans for students, it is always important to be prepared as students will not be in college forever.
Without a home economics class instilling such good values, students will not be able to function well in society and will depend on others for basic needs like repairing a ripped blanket or preparing dinner for friends and family.
If home economics comes back, not only will students get a much needed break from intense academics, but they will also gain life skills and be better equipped to face the real world.
Falcon Cove Middle School has already offered home economics classes to their students, but Cypress Bay has not. Since the Bay is such a large school and offers a variety of classes, it is obvious that home economics should be available to students.