linguoboy wrote:xivrox wrote:If they don’t learn it at school, they’ll regret it later in life. It’s housecraft after all. I just don’t think they belong there…
By "they" do you mean the subjects or the students?
In the States, at least, many schools make these subjects elective. That's fine as far as it goes, but my concern is that students who would benefit the most from these courses won't take them because if the parents don't value these skills enough to teach them at home, why would they allow their children to study them at school rather than something else?
That reminds me of my time in primary schools. There were a couple of elective courses. In one term, the cookery (and baking) course proved very popular among girls, but I'm not sure if any boys took it at all (I only took it the following term when interest had dropped a lot for some reason). Surely us girls were much more likely to learn that at home than the boys.
People tend to forget a great deal of what they're taught, we should first of all make sure that that is reduced. E.g. at uni there was a prep course for maths which was attended by students who proudly wore their shirt saying they finished school that year. The course just repeated what was taught in upper sec and it's very likely they had maths all the way to the end. In the actual lectures, a lot of time was spent on refreshing that knowledge, too, just as in English lessons.