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When Did They Change the Name for Home Economics?

post #1 of 12
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I was at the high school academic awards tonight. Apparently, Home Economics is now called Family and Consumer Science. It reminds me of when Rosanne Barr first referred to herself as a Domestic Engineer.

I'm not knocking it at all because I took it in high school and learned to cook and sew from that class. But do they really think that changing the name will make the course more desirable?
post #2 of 12
That reminds me of when we moved south, up north GYM is called Gym down here no one knew what we were talking about. It is called PE down here for Physical Education.
post #3 of 12
It's been 20+ years. It was my college minor, and it was called Family & Consumer Science then too (that was the early 90s).
post #4 of 12
My school didn't even offer home economics

Everyone bends over backwards to try and keep things pc now....although it always reminds me of The Breakfast Club, "Brian here is interested in pursuing a career in the custodial arts" haha
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Kim View Post

It's been 20+ years. It was my college minor, and it was called Family & Consumer Science then too (that was the early 90s).

That's interesting. I had never heard it called that before. The head of the department even joked about the name change when she did the presentation, so I guess our high school has been behind the times for quite some time.
post #6 of 12
It hasn't been called "home ec" in our area for a very long time. It was called home ec when I was in school, back in the olden days, but it seems they changed the names of a lot of those classes (home ec, shop etc) in the late 80's/early 90's. They changed the name around here because it wasn't just cooking/sewing anymore, they actually made it more fun and more broad of a range of what they taught the kids, so I think the name fits.

They're also not required anymore. When I was in jr high (aka middle school) everyone - boys and girls - took shop and home ec. Now, it's not even offered in middle school anymore - they're high school classes now, and neither are required, and they have much more to choose from if you want/need one as an elective.
post #7 of 12
It's funny because it is Family and Consumer Science here, too, but everyone calls it FACS. My husband was so confused when my son started talking about his FACS homework - he was like "Facts? What facts?".

It is required in 6th grade here, but once they hit 7th grade they don't always have FACS if they are also in the music program and taking a language. I don't know if my son will ever have it again, which is kind of a shame because he really liked it.
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Originally Posted by Oregano View Post

It hasn't been called "home ec" in our area for a very long time. It was called home ec when I was in school, back in the olden days, but it seems they changed the names of a lot of those classes (home ec, shop etc) in the late 80's/early 90's. They changed the name around here because it wasn't just cooking/sewing anymore, they actually made it more fun and more broad of a range of what they taught the kids, so I think the name fits.

They're also not required anymore. When I was in jr high (aka middle school) everyone - boys and girls - took shop and home ec. Now, it's not even offered in middle school anymore - they're high school classes now, and neither are required, and they have much more to choose from if you want/need one as an elective.

That definitely makes sense. I don't think it was a required course in my high school (I graduated in 81) and definitely not now. Most kids choose not to take it because they are trying so hard to compete for a spot at college. It's a shame that they can't take a fun class anymore.
post #9 of 12
I know...the kids are our high school are SO pressured to take 5 years of a language, as many math courses as possible, AP this and that...and that's all fine and good but I think it's okay to throw in a fun class too! Our school offers some really fun classes, cooking classes, nutrition/fitness classes etc Honestly, I don't think my older son will even be able to take any of them...there just isn't room.
post #10 of 12
I'm pretty sure it's still called "Home Economics" or "Family Science" here.
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