Despite A Revamped Focus On Real-Life Skills, 'Home Ec' Classes Fade Away

In mid-century home economic classes, girls learned to cook for their future husbands while boys took shop. But now kids might learn about healthy relationships or how to balance a bank account.

Now called family and consumer sciences, courses suffer from few qualified teachers and declining enrollment. But in today’s classes, students learn about gardening, nutrition, labeling and finance.

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Source: NPR