Friday, October 2, 2015

Life Skills 101

I was thinking today about how I'd like to take a refresher course in Home Ec. This is kind of silly, because basically my entire life right now is Home Ec (cooking, sewing, caring for kids), so shouldn't I be teaching it instead of wanting someone to teach it to me? And then I was wondering if they still teach Home Ec in school. I took it in high school, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's not offered anymore, which would be a shame. I'd rename it Life Skills and in addition to cooking, baking, and sewing on a button, I'd include a number of new things, like how to change a tire, get a virus off a computer, negotiate the price of a large purchase, budget a paycheck, and make simple repairs in the home (fixing a hinge or broken shelf, for example).
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Word, Bob. Word.


  1. We didn't have real Home Ec, we either had shop or cooking, both of which were useful. We should have a life skills class, though! I think this is why YouTube exists, for us, though. That and home improvement blogs.

  2. Such a good idea!

    I had home ec. in jr. high (grade 7). I sewed a pair of boxer shorts (it was trendy at the time for girls to wear them as pjs or even gym clothes?), and we cooked. Life skills 101 seems like a way better way to phrase it.


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