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Attention Class: Things That All Home Economics Teachers Despise

Updated on March 19, 2015

"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 . . .

These pretty girls learn the proper way to mix cornbread batter
These pretty girls learn the proper way to mix cornbread batter | Source
A Home Ec instructor teaches the various ingredients and economics involved with running a home
A Home Ec instructor teaches the various ingredients and economics involved with running a home | Source
Home Ec students at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Home Ec students at Howard University, Washington, D.C. | Source
The two Day Care students learn the art of pouring cake batter
The two Day Care students learn the art of pouring cake batter | Source
Home Ec in some regions of the world is called Domestic Science
Home Ec in some regions of the world is called Domestic Science | Source

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.[1] 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.[2]
  • 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.

Thanks, Kenneth


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thanks so much for your kind remarks.

      I get hungry each time I view that cupcake at the top.

      Have a peaceful night. Or day.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      3 years ago from Hawaii

      Another fun read, Kenneth!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Samantha,

      Thank you for your correction and comment. Loved it. I checked and yes, a S T E M class is still going at our local high school.

      Thank God all of the pseudo-macho junk is now history.

      Come back to visit anytime and I would love to have you as my follower. Thanks. Kenneth

    • Samantha Sinclair profile image

      Samantha Sinclair 

      3 years ago from North Carolina

      For clarification, STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education, not home economics. I would assume there are still home economics classes in schools, if the schools can get enough students to want to take the classes. (There weren't many taking the classes when I was in school, and that was in the 1990s.) STEM is what is being pushed in schools, especially to girls, for obvious reasons.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Marcy,

      Thank you for your sweet comment and views on the retro Home Ec video. That hub was like a trip back in time.

      Thanks too for reading this hub to begin with. If you are not a follower, I invite you to be one tonight. I would love it.

      Have a safe night.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Jaye,

      Your Home Ec teacher actually said that about you when you ran a needle through your finger? How cruel.

      In our school, girls did want to take Home Ec and when the football boys started taking the class just to get an easy unit for graduation, they were turned away from the class which was full.

      Thanks for your comment, Jaye. I have missed you and I hope your life is going good and I hope you have a quiet and peaceful night.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Dear Catherine,

      Now wait. You are NOT old. Oh, the name is now STEM classes? How times have changed. I would have loved to learn how to cook. But my pals were mostly-insecure about their manhood and made fun of guys who explored sewing and areas that were called "girl things."

      I think I grew-up in a "caveman" society back then.

      Thanks for stopping by and come back anytime.

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I am so old that I actually took home ec in high school. Now girls take STEM classes.

    • JayeWisdom profile image

      Jaye Denman 

      3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Not all girls liked Home Ec back in the day, Ken, and not every girl wanted to learn what the class had to offer. I will never forget my Home Ec teacher announcing loudly to the entire class (after I ran a sewing machine needle through my finger which necessitated an emergency intervention and first aid) that she would give everyone a half holiday if I ever learned the first thing about sewing!

      It's always been my opinion that sewing is like many other creative endeavors. You must WANT to do it before you will make enough effort to become good...and a bit of natural talent doesn't hurt. No, I never did learn to sew worth a darn (no pun intended), though I finally reached the point where I could alter my jeans on a sewing machine. Ironically, both my mom and grandmother were excellent seamstresses, but--just like the green thumb trait--I missed out.

      Voted Up and Funny


    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      3 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is a fun hub, Kenneth, and that video is classic. I see your conflict in deciding what's going on in the first few minutes.

      There were a few 'way back' glimpses of life in this one - both in your hub and the video. Home Ec - I remember those days!

      Voted up and shared!


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