My SIL is retiring this year. She has taught home economics for 30 years in our school district. Her department used to have 5 teachers. She is the only one left. In addition to cooking and sewing, she has taught budgeting, child development, and relationship skills.
The superintendent informed her last week that her entire department is going away. Our children will not have the opportunity to learn to cook, sew on a button, or to balance a check book at school. Granted, I learned all of these things from my parents and my 4H club - not my school - but I am seeing many young people who are not learning these skills from parents.
Does "home ec" still have a place in our schools? How about fine arts? Industrial arts?
I realize that schools need to cut back, and some classes have to go. which classes are worth keeping, and which should go?