Monday 24 September 2018

Liz Kearney: I know home economics might not be cool - but everybody's got to eat...

There are very, very few things I learnt at school that I can readily remember these days. An occasional shouty quote from 'King Lear', a line or two of lovelorn romantic poetry, the fact that the sum of the square of the hypotenuse is equal to, um, was it the Módh Coníollach?

But there is one subject that has always stayed with me, because I find myself thinking of it every time I tidy up the contents of the fridge (raw meat on bottom shelf, dairy in the door, condiments on top shelf), separate an egg, or remember that you need to put chewing gum in the freezer to get it off your clothes. That subject is the deeply unsexy one of home economics.

In a world obsessed with digital technology and churning out students who are equipped for the smart economy, it's virtually heretical to claim that domestic science is equally vital. But I'm all in favour of the renewed drive from the Association of Teachers of Home Economics that the subject be made mandatory as a means to combat childhood obesity.

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