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Did You Learn Any Economics in Home Economics?

Tasty Orange Juliuses and tedious needlepoint are what come to mind whenever somebody brings up the topic of middle school home economics class, and none of the lessons I recall had anything to do with keeping a household budget.

According to The New York Times, home economics was started with the idea of teaching students about pinching pennies but transformed as people worried less about money.

Once upon a time, schools taught survival skills like how to feed a growing family cheaply and run a household on a tight budget. But in an era of prosperity, easy credit and changing social norms, many of those classes were revised to focus on more up-to-date topics.


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