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Old 01-04-2008, 09:08 AM   #11
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For me, home economics was required (for girls and boys) in middle school and optional in high school (I graduated from high school in 2001--even though my experience is relatively recent, I wouldn't be surprised if things have changed since then). The required middle school class included very basic sewing and cooking; I think we sewed in sixth grade, cooked in seventh, and did both in eighth. The optional classes in my high school were more advanced and there were actually separate classes for sewing, cooking, and child development. However, most of the useful life skills I've learned were from my mom or self-taught since I've been on my own.

I also agree with letscook even though it's my generation that's getting lazy. Last week I called my grandparents to thank them for my Christmas gift and my grandmother said that I was one of their only grandchildren (out of ten of us between the ages of 18 and 28) who still writes or calls to thank them.

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Old 01-04-2008, 11:07 AM   #12
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I vaguely remember some sort of "life skills" course in middle school (6th grade, I think). If I recall correctly, it was a mandatory elective that lasted half a semester. Most of it--most of what I remember anyway--involved balancing a checkbook. In fact, I think that class was back-to-back with the "technology" elective that involved building with Lego Technics (very cool), egg-drops (less cool), and drafting polyhedra. I didn't have many free electives in high school, but I don't remember many traditional shop and cooking classes offered. It's a shame, because I am totally un-handy and only recently have I gotten decent at cooking.

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