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1/30/2014 3:23:00 PM
Letter: Why was cooking dropped from schools in the first place?


Nice to hear that the chosen (by written essay) 8th Grade students now have a chance to learn cooking. Why was it ever dropped years ago? All students should know how to cook. With more parents working and many students going to college after graduating, they should know what to cook and eat. This will eliminate some of the fast foods, which are not as healthy as home cooked. The weight problem of the young students can be under more control, with correct needs for the human body.

Students back in the 1930s through 1970s (when cooking was done in Home Economics classes) were in better physical shape.

I do not mean that most students are not in good physical shape, but we do have an overweight society.

Betty Gaudy


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Article comment by: Cooking was dropped as it is not tested On the AIMS test.

Teachers nowadays hand packets to students that need to be completed. If it is not a state standard, then it won't be offered at school.

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: It seems to me:

The company that took over the COCSD lunch program was supposed to teach classes in nutrition. But that's not the same as a hands-on, really learn to do something course, is it?

Maybe it was dropped when "homemaking" wasn't cool. Maybe it would come back if enough students and parents wanted it instead of something else.

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: W Wacka

@Carl Nye

As a college prof I threw the book away all the time.

However .. for K-12 ... there are the brain numbing standard tests that MUST be hit, every year, regardless of the students learning curves.

Your real question should be "From where did the AIMS tests come"?

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: Verde Voter

Oh Thank you Betty Gaudy. I agree. "Home Economics" How to cook, clean, sew and financially run a household. The Basic's. and maybe even manners and respect. Many kids do not receive this basic knowledge at home. This should be offered and taught to both genders from 7th-12th grades in ALL public schools. NO funding for private.

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: To Carl

What would happen to a teacher that disregarded the curriculum? They'd make Barb's list and soon would be gone. Because she can.

Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Article comment by: Maybe I missed something

Sorry Charles,

I am a teacher and you are wrong, now for a little education . . .

"The Politics Behind Your Child's School Lunch

Lobbyists fill the room at a school lunch program hearing. Why? Simple: Billions of dollars are at stake for them, as is the health of our children."


Lobbying Against the Too-Healthy School Lunch


I am guessing you never heard of ALEC either . . .

Corporations proprosing and writing laws for your state and local politician to pass, of course only after the traditional greasing of the palm, *cough cough* oh I mean campaign contribution.

Funny how there are grants for school gardens now, but still no grants for cooking.

Oh, it must be just a coincidence . . .

Yeah, right.

Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Article comment by: Carl Nye

Remember "To Sir With Love"? (1967)

Sidney Poitier as a teacher threw away the textbooks his students were ignoring anyway, and endeavored to teach them the things they really needed to know as adults.

What would happen to a present day teacher who likewise disregarded the curriculum?

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014
Article comment by: Charles Glisson

I have serious doubt that Kraft, Nabisco, General Mills and National fast food chains had any worry about people knowing how to cook. Last I heard most of these classes went by the wayside when funds were being cut for schools. I am in favor of a class to teach ALL students to take by the 8th grade that teaches them to cook, balance a check book, learn how to use credit and not get into trouble and, use a needle and thread. These are all things that will help them no matter where their future takes them.

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014
Article comment by: Maybe I Missed Something

Because like every other aspect of our society, corporations have a huge influence in our society.

They create curriculum (propaganda), offering ready made lesson plans free to teachers and they lobby for market share in our schools. Think dismal school lunch program.

If people actually learned to cook it could hurt Kraft, Nabisco, General Mills, national fast food chains, etc.

We are no longer a nation of "by the people . . ." it is now "BUY the corporation . . . "

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