Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Rumors of Our Demise Remain Exaggerated-But We Must Act Now!

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Rumors of Our Demise Remain Exaggerated-But We Must Act Now!

Article excerpt

Lately it seems that every newspaper, television, and radio program is beginning to call for "bringing back Home Ec" and the teaching of the critical life skills that today's young people need to become successful adults. Those of you who are dedicated family and consumer sciences (FCS) educators and all of us who work with and for you already know that there is no need to bring it back-this and much more is what is taught in today's FCS classes! But, clearly, the FCS message has not yet reached the eyes and ears of the media or, in many cases, school administrators.

We all must act now to spread the word: The critical "life skills" curriculum that the media so passionately pleads for is in the classroom and has been there for many years. FCS is very much alive and well and flourishing in many regions of the U.S. and around the world. Utilizing computers and hands-on practical activities, FCS professionals teach students how to rent an apartment or buy a car; how to manage their allowances/ budget, and the pitfalls of credit card spending; the responsibilities of parenting and child development; conflict resolution and wise lifestyle choices; job-hunting techniques; and the basics of proper diet and how to analyze the caloric and nutritional content on packaging (combating childhood obesity).

The real issue is that federal funding institutions have not recognized the integrative nature of FCS in fulfilling the "No Child Left Behind" national standards, thus placing the FCS curriculum at risk. …

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