Let’s get out of the stereotype of Home Economics…
Do you ever feel like you’re not prepared for the future? and the only thing you can make right now, in this moment, is a salad!
If yes, then Home Economics is the perfect answer to all your dilemmas. If you don’t know what home economics is, don’t fret. It is a field of study that deals with the economics and management of the home, family and community. Though the study of home economics may sound “boring” or “un-welcomed” (because, seriously, who wants to do chores? .. let alone learn about them), it’s actually not all about baking.
Middle Schoolers at NIS take Home Ec. classes that tackle important life skills that are crucially beneficial for their future.
Safety is a major issue that is addressed in Home Ec., because kids need to learn a variety of risk-avoidance principles like how to handle raw meat, the importance of fire extinguishers and how to operate them. They learn how to perform CPR and how to “route” for fire escape planning. These principles can serve them at any stage of their lives and may, one day, save a life.
Now, hold on.. learning about safety measures isn’t the only thing that students learn in Home Ec. class. Nutrition is generally an important topic that is often lacking in most other school curricula. Poor nutrition can lead to weight gain and obesity; which, in turn, can lead to heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Home Ec. battles all these complications, head on, by highlighting the importance of food choices, food preparations, and the nutritional value of various types of food.
Not to sound vain, but we all want to learn more about ourselves.. so learning how to take care of ourselves shouldn’t be ignored or belittled.
Now for the fun part. Middle Schoolers are learning how to cook! For real! They’re practicing how to prepare healthy dishes that will strengthen their bodies and ignite their taste buds. Ehem… about that… hats off to our courageous NIS staff and all the Moms and Dads, at home, who are willing to “sample” the food outcomes prepared by our next Masterchefs. Knowledge about nutrition is important for making healthy life choices, but cooking is higher order practical skill that everyone needs throughout their lifetime.
“When I found him suddenly standing in the kitchen trying to make a hamburger I couldn’t believe my own eyes,” said Ms. Maha Eissa.
Home Ec. class teaches students how to prepare and cook meals, which are important skills that all human beings, boys and girls, should be able to. So far, students have made pizzas, grilled hamburgers, and baked chocolate cakes. Though it is not gourmet, at least they won’t be reduced to eating ramen noodles throughout their four years away at college.
So, the next time someone says, “Dude, Home Ec. is for girls” or “Do you seriously want me to learn how to iron a shirt”, just go the kitchen, cook a well-spiced steak with potatoes and think of that person in their dorm room eating ramen beside their pile of dirty laundry on the chair (you know the chair I’m talking about), and thank your lucky stars that you learned how to cook, clean, budget, and finance.