||Dear Sir George,
Following your speaking to the House on this subject,I feel the need as an ex-Home Economics teacher at Testbourne School some 25 years ago,to write to you.
I am very puzzled why no politian seems to realise that this sad state, of about two generations not having cooking skills, results in government policy to withdraw Home Economics from the school curriculum and merge it in IT!!
Our children in the 70's were taught kitchen(and personal) hygeine, nutrition, and cooking skills which also taught them organizational skills so they could get all their dishes on the table at the same time (They had to do time-plans the week before, so they naturally learnt how to organize tasks). They were able to produce a nutritious, well-balanced and attractively- served meal and were very proud of their achievements which they could take home and EAT with their families. They learnt coordinational skills by learning to chop, whisk, beat etc.
Home Economics is a LIFE SKILL which every child should be taught, so they can learn to run a home, and provide fresh, nutritious and less-expensive meals for their famillies.
PLEASE DO SOMETHING AND PUT HOME ECONOMICS BACK ON THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM AS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION.
|Date Issue Raised:
||28 Mar 2005
Many thanks for the message via my website, with its helpful advice. It so happens that I was reading over the weekend the latest newsletter from Testbourne, which said they spent way above the average of 37p per school meal, and were taking further steps to promote healthy eating. So perhaps your influence is still felt!
I am inclined to agree with you that the new curriculum is becoming too prescriptive, and that valuable subjects are being squeezed out.
Best wishes, George Young