In today’s modern society, our lives have become increasingly dependent on technology. From fancy kitchen appliances like the Instant Pot and air fryer to electric toothbrushes and smart TVs, we rely on these gadgets in our daily routines. We are even witnessing electricity making its way into our cars. It’s hard to believe that the iPhone, which has revolutionized the way we communicate, was first showcased by Steve Jobs just 15 years ago.

But amidst our technological progress, are we actually learning practical life skills? If you were to ask a young man or woman today, it’s likely that they may not know how to cook or do laundry as well as previous generations did at the same age. This knowledge gap has only been accentuated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, more and more parents are advocating for the reintroduction of home economics classes in schools. These courses would go beyond teaching basic cooking skills and encompass practical knowledge like financial management (such as paying bills and taxes) and understanding proper nutrition. After all, as the saying goes, “we are what we eat.”

Imagine a sewing class where students can learn to sew back on a lost button or a gardening class where they can acquire the skills to grow fresh herbs. This is not to diminish the importance of traditional subjects like math, reading, science, and history. However, it’s becoming evident that what is currently being taught in schools may not be sufficient to equip students with the essential life skills they need.

According to the latest US Census data from 2021, approximately 94 million Americans aged 25 and older have obtained an associate degree or higher. That’s about 42% of the population in that age demographic, with women representing a larger share of the college-educated population than men. While higher education is valuable, how many of these individuals have truly developed the necessary life skills to thrive independently?

Cooking nutritious meals, maintaining a clean living space, and doing laundry are more likely to happen if students are equipped with the necessary skills from the start. A home economics course could provide an ideal environment for students to learn these basic life skills, such as changing a flat tire or a lightbulb, alongside their peers. Otherwise, the responsibility solely falls on the parents at home.

Let’s spark a conversation! We would love to hear your thoughts on this matter. Share your insights and opinions in the comments section on Facebook. Together, we can explore the benefits of reintroducing home economics into our schools and empower the next generation with the essential life skills they need to succeed.