Thursday, May 29, 2014

Home Ec for Boys

rvw238364 Today New Republic posted an article that recommends teaching home economics to boys!

When I think back 50 years to my days in grade school, I was not very good in shop (or "Manual Training" as it was called in my school). However, I probably would have excelled at Home Economics, but back then, taking Home Ec was not an option for boys... even girly boys like me.

Too bad. I would have made someone an excellent wife.

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  1. Agreed - I would have benefited from cooking and sewing MUCH more than trying to bang a nail into a board 7 times before I could get it to go in straight. I'm glad times are changing.

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    1. My shop skills improved with age especially after I bought a house.

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  2. When I was in sheet metal shop in HS, I had flights of fancy about how much I would prefer Home Ec.

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    1. I so wanted to go across the hall and join the girls in the Home Ec room!

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  3. Stana, you can still be your woman's wife.... I'm sure you'd be a fine one

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    1. My SO has remarked on a number of occasions that I should have been the housewife and mother in our family because I am a natural at it.

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  4. Am I the only one who is ambidextrous? I LOVED building things, but I also LOVED the arts! Thank you, Stana, for a great post. And, may you find your domestic goddess self in your dreams whenever you can't be her in your waking hours.

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    1. Like I wrote in another reply, "My shop skills improved with age especially after I bought a house." And I lost count how many electronic projects I built --- some of them even worked!

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  5. Stana.

    Like Lisa, I was on both sides of the field. I did shop, stage crew, and lots of techie stuff in jr. high and high school. I also longed to go to home ec with my friends, but was of course banned by convention. However, my wonderful mom, who was most talented (and who I'm sure wanted a girl), taught me to cook, clean, sew, and, when I was still very young, how to put on lipstick, how to properly paint fingernails, how garters work, etc. Ahh, sweet memories.

    Rhonda

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    1. Intentionally or not, my mother brought out the girl in me in the way she raised me.

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  6. I was terrible in shop. I wanted to take Home Ec so bad. You use to love to kit while watching baseball games on TV. Too bad my parents (Dad) made me stop.

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