Attention Class: Things That All Home Economics Teachers Despise
"Look, Bob, at what I made!"
Home Ec: Once a feared area
If Home Economics or home ec were spoken to male high school students in "my" day, a mass Exodus would instantly form in a single line and start running over themselves to find a way home. And yes, I am totally-serious. I offer you guesses, not conclusive facts about why males would have did this in my day.
From a now-adult standpoint, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a home economics class. In fact, it is as vital as your Geometry or Algebra classes. Not that I am choosing sides. A male or female student will be well-prepared for life after high school by taking their home economics classes. Remember. There is no shame in achieving the mastering the process of baking the perfect layer cake.
"Gee, learning to cook is fun!"
Home Ec: Just for the girls
But in true reality with the home ec class in my "day in the sun," at Hamilton High School, Hamilton, AL., I did not take home ec and for a good reason: Most of the guys I knew were professional bullies and if they didn't harass you for "going against nature," as they said, for a male to take home ec which "was for the girls," as they argued, they would meet you after school and try to beat some sense into you for such a radical move.
My bully buddies' harassing and teaching-by-beating suddenly came to a stop one day when the entire defensive line of our varsity football team marched into Mrs. Real's home ec class and without pomp or fanfare told her that they wanted to take home ec to round-out their graduation units. Mrs. Real was more than happy to have them. So were the girls in her class.
These boys are learning to darn socks
Home Ec: All things in time
All I knew is that "if" I were to take this class that did separate the males from the bullies, I would be in great company, but I was only in the 10th grade and I would have to wait until the next year when I was a junior to enjoy the benefits of our home ec class. What that statement really means is that I, and other brave males who would dare to step over into the "sensitive side" of life, would have to scope-out what pretty girls would be in our home ec classes that coming year as to give us a "leg up" on getting dates with these high school beauties. Of course, we would learn the benefits of cooking with olive oil as opposed to cooking with margarine.
Months passed. And guys were still taking home ec and overall, they enjoyed themselves, but for as many of the guys who enjoyed learnig about sewing, cooking and setting a picturesque table, there were "those" guys who were born to cause trouble no matter the location, and were "sent packing."
It was then I realized that there were
Things That All Home Economics Teachers Despise
More Home Ec action . . .
Family and consumer science
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), also known as home economics, is the profession and field of study that deals with the economics and management of the home and community. The field deals with the relationship between individuals, families, and communities, and the environment in which they live.
- As a subject of study, FCS is taught in secondary schools, colleges and universities, vocational schools, and in adult education centers; students include women and men. It prepares students for homemaking or professional careers, or to assist in preparing to fulfill real-life responsibilities at home. As a profession, it includes educators in the field and human services professionals.
- The field represents many disciplines including consumer science, nutrition, food preparation, parenting, early childhood education, family economics and resource management, human development, interior design, textiles, apparel design, as well as other related subjects. Family and Consumer Sciences education focuses on individuals and families living in society throughout the life span, thus dealing not only with families but also with their interrelationships with the communities. Other topics such as sexual education, food management, and fire prevention might also be covered.
- Mischievous guys who ate toilet tissue to get laughs from the girls while the teacher isn't looking.
- Guys who look innocent, but in fact cause trouble by letting their cornbread burn on-purpose to let billows of smoke fill the classroom causing the class to be aborted for the day.
- Girls who loved teasing the guys to distract them from their cooking assignments so they would fail.
- Girls who did more than teasing the male students by passing them love notes and when they opened their notes like a hungry horse after running the Kentucky Derby, the home ec teacher would catch them and send them to see the principal. A lethal visit, I can testify.
- Boys who cannot pay attention long enough to learn the proper mixture of flour and other things to make great biscuits.
- Unlearned boys who think it proper to eat bacon raw with biscuits at breakfast.
- Girls who were "boy crazy" and let their chewing gum-chewing (like a machine gun) get on the nerves of the teacher and other students.
- Girls and boys who engaged in hot, romantic whispers while class was in session.
- Guys who feel asleep in class due to them just coming from a rigorous work-out in their Physical Ed class.
- Guys who threw spit-balls at students and the teacher while her back was turned. NOTE: some guys who threw spit-balls turned out to be our football team's best quarterback.
- Boys who thought it hilarious to hide the cooking ingredients from the teacher. This would lead to the teacher giving a student or two some of her own money to go uptown to buy more cooking ingredients which meant these two students would stay gone for most of the class loafing around town. Their excuse the next day: "Sorry, Mrs. Real. We had problems finding the oregano."
- Guys who loved to pass gas while class was going on and sometimes, depending on what they eat, the fumes of their internal gas smelled so awful that Mrs. Real would dismiss the class in order to open the windows to let in some fresh air to fumigate her classroom.
- Troublemaking guys who formed the fresh dough (for making biscuits) into looking like men's "privates" to get laughs (and dates) from the girl students. What made this even funnier was Mrs. Real scolding the boys for "making those useless carrots," as she said.
- Girls and boys being tardy for her class. Mrs. Real was a stickler for order and discipline.
- Guys who faked being burned by the classroom stove and just had to go to the principal's office to sign-out to head home to be taken to their doctor. In reality, these "actors" only wanted some time at home to watch their favorite television show and get in some "nap time."
- And . . .guys who, on-purpose, dropped raw eggs onto the heads of the pretty girls who were so vain that they sat away from the students cooking afraid that somethig would get into their gorgeous hair.
Ahhh, the memories.
Watch this entire video. And during your viewing, ask yourself, "are the two young people talking at the first of the video girls or boys acting like girls?" I had a tough time deciding. It is not that I am making light of these actors, it's a matter of I just need YOUR input.