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Keeping FACS Alive: FACS becomes Family Studies and/or Technological Studies in Canada

promoting-facs-guideThis summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

Today’s story…

I teach at the Secondary level and in Adult & Continuing Education in Ontario, Canada. The program often called, 'Home Ec' combined baking, cooking and sewing. Today, courses are offered individually as Family Studies or Technological Services.

Family Studies courses include: grades 9/10-Food & Nutrition and grade 12- Food & Nutrition Sciences. These courses are science based & are better suited to academic students interested in post-secondary studies in Nutrition & Food Services.

Technological Studies include courses in Hospitality Services & Tourism focusing on the practical aspects of cooking and baking making them popular with less academic students and those with special needs. There are courses in sewing which are offered in the Family Studies program such as: grade 11- Fashion & grade 12 Fashion Industry. All of these courses are popular.

Students have many opportunities to develop their skills by participating in lunch programs, bake sales & school/community events.

Catherine Lewis

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