Learning home economics can go a long way

Jason Werling
Jan 23, 2012


When I went to school it was called Home Economics or “HomeEck.” Now, thinking back, I’m not sure that title really fit the class. The class had everything to do with what high-schoolers needed to learn in the home, but I never really learned the economics of it. I could probably use the lesson in economics now.

Joy Roth’s consumer sciences class is a fun group to be around. Or at least they were for the 45 minutes reporter Annie Zelm and I were able to spend with them earlier this week as they made ground turkey sloppy joes on an open-faced whole wheat bun. It wasn’t too tough of a recipe, but it was a recipe. It might have been a first for some of the students to put ingredients together to make a meal. A healthier alternative to pulling up to a drive-through window or opening a pre-packaged meal. With single-parent households and sometimes no-parent households, a good meal is hard to come by for some kids. Heck, for most two-parent households, a sit-down family meal made from scratch probably isn’t the norm anymore.
Home economics have changed. Especially with a recession, rising gas prices and more recently, rising electric rates and cable bills. Better, more affordable, choices have to be made in trips to the grocery store and hopefully some of those choices can be healthier. It might take a bit more time to put some ingredients together in a bowl and fire up the oven, but more time spent in the kitchen can’t be a bad thing. (Unless you’re not a great cook, like me.)
Joy Roth’s class is learning what to do with that time in the kitchen and also how to make better choices in the grocer’s aisle. Just let me know what day they’re making cookies so I can grab a photo or two and snap a couple cookies, or vice-versa.

Stil planning on freezing my "tuckus" off, along with others from the Register

Sandusky Register reporters Annie Zelm, Jessica Cuffman, Andy Ouriel and mobile team member Alex Thompson were gullible enough to say “sure” when I asked them to join me and we, as a team, will be raising money for Special Olympics. If you would like to donate to our team, or start your own, go to my blog HERE for a link to submit a donation.
I will be doing a live blog the morning leading up to the plunge with photos and video of whatever we can find.



I think this kind of class should be mandatory for every student, not an elective.  Suppose your son or daughter never marries and needs to learn to cook, shop or maintain a household and you haven't taught them how.  Here's there chance.  Both my kids took a class similar to this, despite being taught at home and they loved it. 

Every kid should learn these skills, not just math, reading, writing and arthematic.  Who knows....it may save their lives.  You can't put a price on that.  Life skills are too valuable not to be taught. 


 With generations of entitlement parents not teaching their children basic life skills. I agree this class should be mandatory to graduate high school, receive you GED or your certificate of attendence.

Cooking, cleaning and basic economics (only spending what you make) budgeting and washing clothes are some of the areas that need to be covered.

This is far more useful than some of the subjects required in high school.

Basic life skills are not taught in most homes anymore.


Nice thought, but, these programs are falling by the wayside because your all-knowing politicians have devined that the "scores" are the only important thing.  You know, the same ones who can't boil water for less then a cool million.  Yeah, let's listen to them. 


most men could not makes themselves a bologna sandwich. they have no idea what a stove is or a washing machine. they turn their underwear inside out and wear them another week. most men marry to have somebody cook for them or to wash their clothes. typical men can't  fend for themselves. they don't even know how to open up a can of soup. macho macho men. can't even open up a pack of chips without a woman's help. men are too lazy to get their own beer during a football or basketball game.


Younger Scout: How can I tell the difference between a mushroom and a toadstool?
Older Scout: Just eat one before you go to bed. If you wake up the next morning, it was a mushroom.