Many FACS professionals will remember the big discussion in September 2011 spurred by an editorial in the New York Times on a Time to Revive Home Ec. It highlighted the need to bring home economics or Family and Consumer Science classes back into the schools. Ironically FACS seems to fail due to success. People felt that the lessons learned in home ec classes were common sense. Well, as budget cuts edged FACS into a smaller role, we’re seeing that FACS lessons are no longer common sense and society is suffering.
So we applaud the efforts of one FACS teacher who is doing her best to teach her students about nutrition and healthy eating and shining a light on the effort that we’re all making. Her efforts are broadcast on WHAS11 reports…
Chelsea Folmsbee views her classroom as the front lines of a serious fight against obesity. “Maybe cook the zucchini just a little bit longer but other than that it looks great,” said Folmsbee from Robinson Secondary School. At Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia, students are chopping up fresh kale, zucchini, onions and garlic and pan-searing chicken.
With about one third of American adults considered obese, family and consumer sciences instructors like Folmsbee say it's not just about teaching teens what's healthy, but encouraging them to experiment with it. “I feel like a lot of times we see things in the grocery store and we don't get them because we don't know what to do with them. So if we can learn what to do with them we're more apt to buy them and use them,” said Folmsbee.
The nation's school lunches have recently undergone a transformation but Folmsbee wants to enable students to cook up healthy dishes, long after class is dismissed. Perhaps a new purpose for the old "home ec."