Home Ec Teachers Are Awesome

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s Thanksgiving Monday here in Canada, so happy Thanksgiving to you as well, wherever you are!

Why is this post called ‘Home Ec Teachers Are Awesome?’ Because they are! Last Thursday I was invited to be a guest speaker at Charles Best Secondary in Coquitlam. The lovely Denise, who reads and comments on the blog, invited me to come speak to a group of home ec teachers about what I do. Pretty exciting, right?

(I took a quick photo outside the school so I’d have something to put in the blog post.)

You probably have heard the quote, that people are generally afraid of two things in life: death and public speaking. And for many people, public speaking is number one. Over death!

Well, like anything that’s scary, getting started is the hardest part. And as soon as I started talking, the rest was easy!

I started off talking about taking high school home ec (loved it!), what it was like going to college for fashion (fascinating) and what happened at my first interview out of college (I got the job and worked there for eight years).

My experience in high school home ec was fantastic! I had a wonderful teacher who encouraged me to tackle challenging projects. She was so cool, she even let me hang out in the sewing lab when I was supposed to be in other classes. When there wasn’t enough space in the sewing room to cut out big projects, she let me cut out in the hallway. Sure, there were snotty girls in the back of the class who’d whisper to each other, sew nothing but one wrap skirt all year, and ask me ridiculous questions like ‘Hey, did you sew your backpack? Did you sew your jeans? Did you sew your shoes?’  But for the most part, my sewing class was my all-time favourite place to be. I could make anything! Regardless of what the popular girls were wearing (knee-highs and plaid miniskirts, like Cher from Clueless) I could sew whatever I felt like, and it would fit me, and I felt proud wearing it. (Did you take sewing in home ec? What was your experience like?)

I talked about how I dreamed of starting my own pattern line, and just as I was gearing up to launch my first pattern, I was laid off from my job. That was the turning point for me – do I go for it, or do I look for work? I decided to throw myself into the business, full-force, and it’s been an amazing adventure ever since then! It’s been under a year and I have three patterns (with a fourth coming soon!), my patterns are sold in 16 retail stores, and I was thrilled to be featured in Sewing World Magazine. The online sewing community is full of wonderful, enthusiastic, helpful people – and the best part is, it’s growing! Sewing is cool again. (It was always cool to me, but more and more people are figuring it out!)

It was really fun to speak to a group of people that appreciate sewing! It’s great to be talking about the freedom that sewing brings – how you can make anything, regardless of trends and colours in retail stores – and see people nodding in agreement. And I liked being able to say that high school sewing classes led me to pursue a career in fashion, and later on, my own business in the sewing industry. So home ec sewing was really the start of it all!

I’m really excited to go back to the schools, and talk to students next. Yes, I was invited back to talk to sewing students! I may also get to be a guest speaker for a high school entrepreneurship class. (Lucky! I wish I’d had Entrepreneurship as an option when I was in school.) I’m so flattered and look forward to doing more public speaking in the future.

Thanks to Denise, Charles Best Secondary and the Home Ec teachers of the Coquitlam area for inviting me to share my story!

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57 Responses to Home Ec Teachers Are Awesome

  1. Roisin October 10, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    This is so cool! Home Ec was taught very badly in my school, all I can remember learning is how to thread the sewing maching, not how to do anything with it. Is it wrong that I’m a bit envious of all these high-schoolers who got to hear you talk about sewing?!

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      @Roisin: It seems like a lot of people didn’t have a good experience in high school home ec – you’re not alone! I had a blast talking to the teachers this time, and I already have plans now to talk to students next!

  2. STL Mom October 10, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    I loved Home Ec in high school. My teacher was Mrs. Helgeson, and she was wonderful. I learned basic sewing and cooking skills, and I even joined the Future Homemakers of America because she ran the group. At the time, I I just joined for fun because I was going to be a writer or a business woman and hire someone else to take care of my house. And here I am, years later…. a homemaker! Thanks to Mrs. H, at least I can feed myself and my family, and sew for us too.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 10:43 am #

      @STL Mom: I’m glad you loved high school home ec! It’s great to learn things that are useful in school, and that stick with you. (More than I can say for math and history!)

  3. Janell October 10, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Alas, my HomeEc class was a throw-away, required course. By the time it was available as a class at school, I’d been sewing for 5 years. The teacher taught us how to thread a machine, thread a needle, and sew a pillow. That was it. I recall that we learned how to make pizza dough and we made muffins. I have zero recollection of what we did for the rest of the course. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the course actually had been 5 weeks of HomeEc, 5 weeks of Shop, and 5 weeks of Computer all crunched into one, mandatory crash-course for 8ths graders. I don’t recall any follow-up HomeEc course being available in 9th grade.

    So sad. I’m glad to hear that there are some great teacher out there! Mine was probably pinched by curriculum and time limitations to the point she couldn’t be terrible effective. (In fact, given that she may have only taught Home Ec for one class a semester she must have been a teacher of another subject as well. So maybe she didn’t even know how to sew.)

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 10:47 am #

      @Janell: Oh no! Mine was required in grade eight, too, but I liked it enough to take in for the next four years of high school too when it wasn’t mandatory. I took it in 9/10, 11, and 12. (9/10 because it was a split, so I took cooking for one of those years, can’t remember which one) I didn’t enjoy the food as much, because it didn’t seem as useful. We made muffins too, and dip, and desserts.

      Yes, there are great teachers out there! Mine was great, and the ones I talked to last week were really enthusiastic. It’s encouraging for the future of high school sewing, for sure!

      • Megan October 14, 2011 at 10:52 am #

        @Tasia: We had the same system in my middle school (grew up in Victoria) in Grade 8. In my high school I don’t recall there even being a choice about home ec as an elective – and we certainly didn’t have a sweing room. I’ve come to sewing in my thirties and am quite pleased about it, but really wish that I could have been turned onto it earlier in my life.

  4. Janell October 10, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    I ought to give a shout-out to the three, wonderful ladies who were my sewing teachers as a kid. They ingrained in me a lot of good practice and technique and nurtured my love of making things myself. I’m lucky to have parents who were able to provide me sewing lessons, and truly lucky to have seamstresses teach me their art. Sure, they weren’t Home Ec teachers in the official sense, but the were still my teachers.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 10:48 am #

      @Janell: That’s great to hear! Even though school wasn’t that inspiring, you had great teachers outside of the regular classroom.

  5. Corinne October 10, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    I, for one, am not at all surprised that you were asked to speak to these ladies and will be invited back to speak to students. I am so glad that I found your blog early on, your enthusiasm is contagious!

    I was, unfortunately, not blessed with a positive Home Ec. experience. In 7th grade the subject was introduced by a lady who tried to get to everyone in the class, however, only the wealthy girls who had parents with influence really got any attention. The rest of us just tried to keep up. Just last week there was a piece in our local newspaper about how she was receiving a special award from our alumni organization for her spectacular work. I had flashbacks just reading the article. I must say that the negatives of this experience (she was the only home ec teacher until I was in 10th grade) motivated me beyond the class and the skills taught there. It ended up being a positive for me! Don’t ever tell me I can’t do something!

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 10:50 am #

      @Corinne: Thank you! Enthusiasm, yes, I have plenty to go around!
      Sorry you didn’t have a great home ec experience. I could imagine that would be so frustrating! Frustrating enough to not be one of the rich popular kids, and then to get less attention because of it! Good for you for turning it into a positive and letting it motivate you to find skills and learning elsewhere.

  6. Val October 10, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    How cool is that?! Someday for me… someday someday…

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 10:52 am #

      @Val: It was cool! Hey, you never know. I thought about actually calling my old high school, the one I went to, and seeing if they want me to come back. I’m definitely calling my college at some point to see if they want me!

  7. Seraphinalina October 10, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Home Ec/Shop were split during grades 7 and 8, and then home ec was more cooking and hand sewing. I really enjoyed hand sewing a stuffed animal from a kit, but the skirt that I made in grade 8 was a bit of a bust. I didn’t want to wear it. In high school, I was taking a lot of music credits and Spanish, I figured that I didn’t have time for another “fun” set of classes.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      @Seraphinalina: Ha, you just reminded me, I also made a beanbag frog. It was stuffed with real beans and turned out pretty cute! I also tried to be mostly serious in school and take plenty of heavy classes but sewing was the one thing I took purely for fun!

  8. RobinDenning October 10, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving! I had a wonderful experience in Home Ec and I still use the skills I learned. I am happy to hear that they are teaching entreprenuership and you will talk more to the students.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 10:55 am #

      @RobinDenning: Thank you! Great to hear you had a wonderful experience. Isn’t that awesome that they teach Entrepreneurship? It’s relatively new, my sisters took it in high school and they’re a couple years younger than me. Or it depends on the school I suppose! (Or maybe, we had it and I didn’t have room in my schedule, it’s been a while!)

  9. Sarah October 10, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    That sounds so exciting! It’s always fun to share what you love and have people be as excited about it as you are! I remember taking home ec in middle school. Half the year was spent learning to sew, and the other half was cooking. I much preferred the sewing part, and kind of wish I had stuck to it back then. I think I was just too young to really start a hobby like that. If I’d taken home ec in high school, it probably would’ve stuck. But I’m so glad I’m back sewing now. It’s quickly becoming a huge passion for me! :)

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 10:56 am #

      @Sarah: Awesome! Sometimes it’s better to take up sewing later in life. Feels more like your choice, rather than a requirement!

  10. Chrissy October 10, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    My home ec experience was horrible. The teacher didn’t really teach anything, and didn’t seem to enjoy students or teaching. It was the only class I got a ‘D’ in! Gah! Thankfully, it was attached to another class, and the grade was averaged, so I didn’t end up with a D on my report card permanently. Considering my skills and hobbies today, I find that grade gives me more of a chuckle than anything else.

    The funny part? We made an apron in the class (which was supposedly so poor it wasn’t worth a good grade), but when we were done, I went home and made the same apron over again (with no handout/pattern/instructions/outside help), and gave it to my mom. It’s the apron she still wears today! It’s 15 years of solid use is my testament to my sewing skills back then, and that grade is a testament to the quality of home ec teacher I had.

    I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I had a nurturing home ec teacher. I suspect my high school life at least would have been quite different.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      @Chrissy: That is funny! So you had the skills all along even though the grade didn’t reflect it. I was really lucky to have an encouraging teacher, for sure!

  11. arlene October 10, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    My HomeEc classes were many, many years ago…..grade 8 we had to take it – made an apron to use in cooking class!
    From grade 9 and up it was a class you chose – so the students were there because they wanted to be – made for a more productive – enjoyable class. I remember making a couple really nice wool suits……and I do remember making my own grad dress….gr 12.
    My teachers were good – not as great as yours –
    There was a young lady that was an experienced seamstress when she took our grade 9 sewing class……she made everything but her shoes! She was really nice girl too..not fair..it was really hard not to like her…..hee, hee…

    Recently I heard/read that students wanting to get into fashion – fashion design – should learn how to sew…it gives them some idea of how fabric works and some of the basic things you can do with it.
    On a recent episode of Project Runway- the projects done by ‘sewers’ were great – the non-sewers struggled and didn’t do nearly as well.
    Something aspiring fashion designers should really think about (be told about)!
    hugs

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:00 am #

      @arlene: In my fashion courses, we had to take sewing. It wasn’t an option! You do hear of people who can’t sew starting clothing companies all the time. The company I used to work for was started by someone who didn’t sew. On one side, it allows the person not to be restricted by what they know about construction. But on the other side, it sure helps to know how things are supposed to go together, and how certain fabrics react together! Project Runway requires you to actually make things, but if you want to be a designer you can always hire someone to make them for you.

      Awesome that you made your own grad dress! I did too! (And I wish I could make shoes.. one day, perhaps!)

  12. mala_14 October 10, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving! I never took Home Ec in school, but my mom teaches it and she’s the one who taught me all my sewing basics when I was little, so I also think that Home Ec teachers are awesome. :)

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:00 am #

      @mala_14: That’s awesome! My mom sews too and taught me the basics when I was really little, too.

  13. Nadia Lewis October 10, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    High school sewing was the best! I lived in the sewing room when not in my overbooked academic schedule. I sported looks ranging from Goth Ballerina to 1850s Southern Belle, so I really needed the control sewing offered to make the outfits on the cheap!

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:01 am #

      @Nadia Lewis: Absolutely! Same for me, if I wanted to wear a red velvet skirt, or super-flared jeans, it was so much better, faster, and easier to make them myself!

  14. JB October 10, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Hi, Happy Thanksgiving to You and the hubby. I’m in my mid 50′s and had a fun time in home-ec. My grandmothers had already taught me to sew on the old Singers, so I made a dress at school. It was awful!! I remember calling it my ‘prison dress”! Over the years different crafts and sewing have come in and out of my life. Thanks to your blog, I am intersted in garment sewing again. I have 2 little grand girls who are fun to sew for, it’s all great!!

    Thanks!!

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:03 am #

      @JB: Prison dress! Too funny. Hobbies do come in and out of our lives, it’s true. I’m happiest when sewing is a big part of mine! Welcome back to garment-sewing, and have fun sewing for the grandkids!

  15. CGCouture October 10, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    I’m with Janelle, my class was kind of an afterthought. It was my 7th grade year, I already knew how to sew from 4-H (and was bored), and I kept wishing I was in shop class like the other half of my class. I’m jealous that your sewing class had you make clothes–I might have enjoyed mine a bit more if we didn’t spend half a semester making a tiny patchwork pillow. That’s it. I never took another home ec class after that. I took welding, an electronics class, and drafting (architectural) in high school. Those skills have served me well, so I don’t regret avoiding another crappy home ec session.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:05 am #

      @CGCouture: Oh fun! Welding and drafting! I agree, boring projects can put you off a class. It took a while to get past the boxer shorts type of projects but we got a lot of freedom in the later years. (Pick one project that has a button, and one project that has a zipper. That’s pretty open!)

  16. Denise October 10, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    As a Home Ec teacher, I find that people either loved or hated their Home Ec courses in school. My goal is to teach courses that students remember fondly, and that they actually use skills learned in their everyday life. My biggest compliment is to see a former student who tells me “I remembered learning _____, and I still use it today!”

    Thanks again for coming to speak to us Tasia. All us teachers think you’re awesome too!!

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:06 am #

      @Denise: Yay Denise! Thanks so much for having me come speak. Your goals sound exactly right for making sure students enjoy their home ec experience!

  17. Kathy Vaughn October 10, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I went to high school in the mid-1970′s and we had a wonderful home ec curriculum. First course covered basic sewing and cooking, second course covered child development and arts and crafts, third course nutrition and interior decorating, and fourth course was advanced clothing construction and gourmet cooking. We had a huge future homemakers of America club. Our teachers saw their jobs as helping us to develop into successful women and ready for anything. I even received the Betty Crocker award my senior year at graduation. I wish home ec still held the same importance in high school it once did. I believe future mothers of America would be much more prepared.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:09 am #

      @Kathy Vaughn: I agree! It’s not even just mothers, it’s everyone. Nutrition, sewing – these are important and useful life skills! Skills that make you better able to take care of yourself. Sounds like you had a well-rounded and smartly planned group of home ec courses.

  18. Maureen October 10, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving! My home ec class was in Grade 9. We had an amazing nun who inspired many in the class. Unfortunately for her, I had already been sewing for many years by the time I took her class. I basically stayed out of her way and did all my sewing at home (which means I procrastinated until the minute and finished my project at midnight the day before it was due!) I got tired of answering questions from other students and showing them how to cut out, how to thread the machine, how to fit their project, etc., so I hid out in the music room until the end of the semester. She gave me an A for my project.

    I love sewing and it certainly has been one of my favourite activities for my whole life. I wish their had been more flexibility in my home ec class, but it didn’t turn me off!

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:11 am #

      @Maureen: Ha! I don’t remember getting too many questions from other people but it probably happened to me too. I remember one guy who thought we were sewing the boxer shorts out of brown paper (those were the pattern pieces!) Haha.
      I love sewing too. It’s cool to see that good experiences in school kept you sewing through the rest of life!

  19. Sewingdina October 10, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    How wonderful. I’d love to hear you talk about sewing! We had needlework lessons at school in the second year (age 12/13). Home economics was separate where we did cooking. I’m amazed at what I can remember from my sewing classes. They were rather good. I still have the cushion I made in that class. We also make a tissue holder, a tote bag and a skirt.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:12 am #

      @Sewingdina: Thanks! Now that it’s done, I wish I’d videotaped it or something, so I could share my little talk! Maybe one day I’ll get into doing more video. That’s great that you’ve kept your projects and still remember what you learned!

  20. Elizabeth October 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    That’s so amazing. I love your background story. I wish I had taken home ec in high school.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:16 am #

      @Elizabeth: Thank you! Sewing’s always been part of my life even before school, but it sure helped reinforce my love of sewing. (And give me an excuse to do it during the school day, yay!)

  21. Rachel October 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Home Ec was required in middle school but the semester I took it the sewing machines were broken(!) so we got extra cooking instead. I think that had I taken the sewing portion I might have picked up sewing when I was younger. As it was I wanted to sew and asked my mom to teach me and that ended poorly, thus killing my dream of sewing my own clothes until I decided I would just teach myself.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:18 am #

      @Rachel: Oh! I’d be so disappointed if that happened. More cooking, no sewing? Boo.
      Sometimes teaching yourself is the best way though! You’re motivated, you know you can only rely on yourself to figure out the answers, and you won’t be swayed by bad teaching. It’s how I feel about knitting – I wanted to learn, so I figured it out, slowly but surely!

  22. Lucy October 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Wow, in NZ we never did any home ec past intermediate (when I was 11-12), and even that was just pillowcases and biscuits because you only did a term of each (and did art and technology the rest of the time). At high school the only people who did sewing and cooking were the ones who weren’t, um, academically inclined or gifted, if you know what I mean, and there are huge gaps in my knowledge of useful things because of that. My mum taught me to cook really well, but she isn’t interested in sewing (though she could if she had to) so I had to teach myself. I’m not sure what I’d have done in a world before blogs!

    It’s a pity you don’t get taught life skills much any more – it’s why I was reading the other day that there are clothing alteration places that can charge $5 to sew a button back on because people don’t know how to do it themselves. That’s just scary.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      @Lucy: I know!! And like $20 to hem jeans. It’s crazy how much people will pay for alterations! Although, it’s all relative, I’d charge $100 to hem jeans because I’m hoping whoever asked will just go away. :)

      Funny you should say sewing and cooking were the ‘easy classes’ – I think a lot of people took cooking for that reason, because you could play with ingredients and eat, but sewing took more work and actual buying of supplies, so it kept the slackers away more or less.

      Blogs are awesome for learning how to do things on your own! I love that so many sewists write blogs and share their tips, it’s wonderful for anyone that wants to learn or improve their skills.

  23. Holly October 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    We only had one home ec semester in 7 th grade and I remember making these awful Capri pajama pants in some sort of crazy blue pattern, just 2 piece patterns with an elastic waist. I don’t think I ever wore them but I did go on to do some sewing in high school and other crafty things over the years, but it wasn’t until I took more advanced private lessons last year that I really understood it. I wish I had had more home ec in school, you were lucky, and I’m sure you’ll motivate tons of kids when they see how great your handmade clothes look!

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:22 am #

      @Holly: Oooh, good point about motivating kids with nice looking handmade clothes! I agree, I want people to see sewing as a real, modern way to dress, not just for artsy-craftsy types. Maybe I can finish my wrap coat in time for the student presentation!
      We made awful boxer shorts in the first year, but I knew it would get better when we had more freedom to choose our own projects. I already knew how to sew so I was lucky in that way, too!

  24. Ashlee October 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    I actually never took sewing in Home Ec – it wasn’t offered! I was fortunate enough that my Mum and Grandmas taught me to knit, crochet and sew from the time I was six years old. Only cooking was offered at my school, and that was in 7th grade. I did take woodworking and drafting in high school however, and that was a great time. I loved being able to keep up with the boys with the skill saw. Even today, I enjoy woodworking and am in the middle of reconstructing an old dresser I got for $20 – and turning it into a credenza for our dining room. I think ALL of the courses offered through Home Ec are fantastic, and loaded with essential skills that sadly seem to be headed to the wayside… but I’m glad to hear there are still teachers who are passionate about it! Another awesome and relevant post! :)

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:25 am #

      @Ashlee: Thanks! These were passionate and excited teachers that I spoke to. It was awesome to see that home ec is alive and well in the schools!
      That’s great that you had family to teach knitting, sewing and crochet – when you were six! So young! I was probably close to the same age when i started sewing, but not crochet or knitting. I had a Knitting Nancy (remember those?) and would make miles and miles of knitted rope. Useless, but fun!

  25. Elaine October 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Sorry I missed this one, but then again I think I know your high school experience. :) I love working as a home economics teacher and the teachers of Coquitlam are great. Would have been great to see you.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:31 am #

      @Elaine: Elaine! It would have been great to see you, too! That is so cool that you’re a home ec teacher. I bet you’re wonderful at it! :)

  26. mindy October 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Oh! I used to have a red tartan minidress with removable pinafore top. I used to wear it over a black turtleneck, black above-knee socks and chunky black shoes, and I thought I was AWESOME!!!
    I loved sewing class too, and still have the old-fashioned fluffy teddy bear I made – the lop-sidedness just makes him cuter :) My textiles teacher liked ‘simple’ colour schemes (read: boring), so I used to get marked down for my bright colour combinations. Matter-of-fact, I still loving mixing different colours together… ;)

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:33 am #

      @mindy: ‘I thought I was AWESOME!!!’ love it! I thought I was awesome in some of my high school homemade outfits too! I had a green silk-like shiny blouse with cap sleeves and grape-shaped buttons. Like, little purple plastic grapes, on my shiny green blouse. It was awesome! I had purple flared pants to go with it.
      I can’t believe you got marked down for bright colour combos! I looove bright colours and bold prints. (As probably everyone knows by now.) Don’t let that stop you! I made yellow socks recently. Practical? No. Bright and fun? Yes!!

  27. Eleanor (undeadgoat) October 11, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Sewing was not offered in my high school, and I feel very deprived by this, also like I might have started off on a better track–I had so many majors before I realized that I wouldn’t ever finish anything but textiles & apparel.

    • Tasia October 12, 2011 at 11:40 am #

      @Eleanor (undeadgoat): Sorry to hear you didn’t even have the option of sewing in high school! I was really lucky to not only have the choice to take sewing, but also to learn from good teachers. I feel even more fortunate after hearing everyone’s not-so-great experiences, or hearing that some people didn’t even get to take sewing!

  28. Pammymela October 17, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    Hi, I’m not a poster, more of a reader, but I thought I would say – thank you very much. I’m a Home Ec teacher – although because I’m pretty young (for a home ec teacher) most people don’t believe me when I say that ha! I try to balance the curriculum with a lot of fun in my classes and I rarely get a complaint – mostly about zigzaging edges which is such a boring job.

  29. Fashionista October 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Hello Tasia, I have just come across your blog via Casey’s Elegant Musings and I am loving your writing. I felt I had to comment about Home Ec teachers (even if it is a bit late!). I did Home Ec in grades 7 to 12, because in the late 70s early 80s in Australian high schools that is what girls did. We had a fantastic Home Ec teacher, even though we perhaps really only appreciated her depth of knowlegde and caring after we left. Not only did we learn the cooking and sewing basics, moving on to some really complicated stuff by grade 12, but we also learnt health & nutrition, budgeting (quite literally home economics), mothercraft (I think this was taught to scare us off teenage pregnancy!) and a whole host of other “life” stuff that 30 years later some of it I use on a daily basis. My daughter is now in high school and in year 8 she will do Material Technology (sewing) and Food Technology (cooking), very different subjects.

    Well done you for being invited to speak.

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