Before I relocated to Texas, I had no idea what Home Ec. was all about. The first time I heard the concept was three years ago when my elder child was choosing her electives. I read the course description: “Home economics, domestic science or home science is a field of study that deals with the relationship between individuals, families, communities, and the environment in which they live. “Furthermore, I found courses like cooking, child-care, home management, community outreach, sewing, budgeting, and hygiene.
I remember setting aside my confusion, you have to understand that reading about an elective on how to handle a household was somehow alien to me because that is something my mom taught me while growing up. Her grandmother did the same, and so on, no need to take a class. Nevertheless, I asked my teenage daughter if she wanted something like that, or she would instead stick with her art electives.
She immediately answered, “Mom… I burn the water and almost blew up the microwave, just trying to heat a can of soup.”
Well, yes. I guess my kids inherited that from my side of the family, I once melted a mixing bowl when trying to soften butter, and my youngest one set the microwave on fire reheating caramel. Needless to say, my kids are in art and STEM.
Mentoring Stay at Home Moms opening businesses.
I’ve been mentoring amazing stay-at-home moms who are remarkably crafty, great home cooks, and impressive decorators and stagers who, besides their career choice they turned hobbies into small businesses. Strange enough, most of them learned their “craft” either from their moms or during high school.
You guessed right, Home Economics class.
A bit of history
Early in the 1880s, the United States focused on opening a door for young women to attend higher education. Thus, home economics was a path for women to attend college. It was until the 1900s that two pioneer women, Catherine Beecher and Ellen Swallow Richards, organized the course into seven areas of study, that would not only teach girls how to take of a household, but it opened new career opportunities for women.
The American Association of Family and Consumer Science explains that the new curriculum focuses on the science and art of living and working well in a complex world, and serve as a foundation for careers in education, wealth management, business, government, health, and human services.
Since my focus is for moms who want to go back to work or open a home-based business, I divided the core curricula into career and entrepreneurship pathways.
If you graduated high school with a Home Economic elective -now FCS- you have terrific opportunities for 2020 and 2021 to open your own business. According to the 2018/2019 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report by Babson College, Wellness, Retail (e-commerce), and Caring services will be industries on high demand just after Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, and the Privacy industry (legal).
Also, once your kids have a steady eight-hour-school-day you can go back to work, or work from home in industries from the dual-path, which by the way, interior design and graphic design are at the top of the 2020 high paying jobs.
A Cool Home Ec. Teacher
Of course, while researching on this Home Economics topic, I stumbled upon Rachael Ray’s show just to learn that the course is no longer in the curricula, as such. Now, public schools in the United States have Family and Consumer Sciences instead, with over 27,000 educators teaching essential life skills and community development topics.
“People need to understand that home economics never left. We evolved to meet the needs of our students and this current generation as we transitioned into family and consumer sciences.” Mr. Nicholas Zimmerman works in Shenandoah County Public Schools in Virginia.
I foresee a new generation of entrepreneurs on the rise.