Target: U.S. Department of Education
Goal: Make home economics classes relevant to modern-day society in U.S. schools
Home economics class used to be a high school staple, teaching students how to cook, sew, and budget, can fruits and bake cookies. These days, home economics classes have fallen out of many high school curricula, seemingly irrelevant in an age of computers and fast food. However, students are missing out on learning skills that are invaluable, even in today’s world, like cooking healthy meals, budgeting, and living responsibly. Even if students no longer need to learn how to sew an apron, they could certainly benefit from a lesson on healthy eating. Reports show that almost one-third of American teenagers under the age of 19 are overweight or obese. Students can, and should, learn how to cook healthy meals that employ an understanding of an updated food pyramid concept. A balanced diet and an understanding of what different foods give, or fail to give, to our bodies is an important lesson for future generations. We have so much information on food and health in today’s age of modern research and computer technology that it is unfortunate to not share this information in an applied manner to younger generations.
With more young people taking on student debt, it is important for teenagers to learn how to budget their money. A discussion on student debt and financial aid should certainly be a part of this revised home economics curriculum. A lesson on eco-friendly living should also be a crucial part of a home economics course in today’s classrooms. Teaching students ways of reducing their use of electricity, gas, and other resources could make a great impact on the future state of our earth. If we expect to care for our planet we must begin teaching future generations practical ways of preserving its resources. These lessons and more should be combined to create a relevant, updated home economics curriculum for all American high school classrooms, preparing future generations for responsible living in the modern world.
Dear U.S. Department of Education Representatives,
Home economics courses have disappeared from high school curricula, previously based on skills, like baking and sewing, that are hardly relevant in today’s modern world. However, students are missing out on important lessons of practical living that are relevant to their lives, and so the traditional home economics curriculum must be updated and reinstated.
Teenagers are facing rising rates of obesity and unhealthy living in a society that uses ever-more pre-packaged and fast foods. Lessons on healthy eating and cooking would be incredibly influential in educating teenagers on the benefits of healthy foods, and the consequences of unhealthy eating. With college students taking on more student debt than ever before, budgeting is an important skill that should be taught in a modern-day home economics course. A discussion on financial aid and student debt should be an important piece of this part of the curriculum. Young people should also be educated on eco-friendly living, learning practical ways to preserve, and save, our environment to ensure a better world for future generations. All of these modern, yet practical, concepts, and more, should be combined to create an updated home economics curriculum to be implemented in all U.S. high schools. Begin working toward this goal today to encourage young people to live responsibly in our modern world.
[Your Name Here]
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