In today’s modern culture, we’ve grown increasingly reliant on technology in our daily lives. Appliances like the Instant Pot and the air fryer have made their way into our kitchens. Our bathrooms now have electric toothbrushes, our living rooms have TVs, and our cars now have power.
With each passing day, we appear to become more and more reliant on our smartphones and laptops. (Believe it or not, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone for the first time only 15 years ago.)
Does technology, on the other hand, teach us practical life skills or how to -do- tasks?
Without a doubt, today’s young men and women do not know how to cook or do laundry as well as previous generations at the same age.
As a result of COVID and the recent epidemic, this is likely to have become even more pronounced.
Home economics is being reintroduced to schools by a growing number of parents. What exactly would be covered in these classes?
Not only cooking, but also practical skills such as understanding how to manage finances (paying monthly bills or taxes) and learning more about nutrition are important. We are, as the adage goes, what we eat.
Consider taking a sewing lesson to teach your child how to resew a lost button or a gardening class to teach your child how to grow fresh herbs. This isn’t to suggest that basic arithmetic, reading, science, and history skills aren’t valuable. However, what is taught in schools may not be sufficient.
94 million Americans aged 25 and over have an associate degree or more, according to the most recent US Census data from 2021. That’s almost 42% of the population in that age bracket. Women had a higher percentage of college graduates than men. How many people, as more people go to college, have gained the required life skills to survive on their own?
Cooking nutritious meals, keeping a clean dorm room, and doing laundry are all more likely to occur if students are prepared with the necessary skills.
Students could benefit from a home economics course if they want to master fundamental life skills like fixing a tire or a lightbulb. Having allocated time at school to learn this alongside other students would provide the ideal learning environment.
Otherwise, the parents bear the brunt of the responsibility.
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