Thursday, December 15, 2011
When Homemakers Learn The Science of Keeping a Home, Society Benefits.
Keeping the home is a challenging career in itself. We are not unemployed, living in leisure. We have daily work that keeps us busy. It is important that we are trained in the scientific arts of home economics. Here are just some of the things we need to do:
1. Operate and maintain appliances. We also need to understand how new models work and see if they will make our homes more efficient - both in saving labor and money.
2. We need to learn nutrition. This is for the health of our families. This includes our choices in the grocery store, our meal planning, our baking and cooking. We must have basic cooking and shopping skills.
3. Basic Medical Care. We are lay-nurses. We must know how to handle colds, fevers, and minor injuries.
4. Child Care and Development. We need to know the basics of caring for a baby, toddler, child, teenager and young adult.
5. Basic Sewing. We need to be able to, at the very least, repair clothes and sew on buttons. Making clothes for the family, or sewing drapes, and doing embroidery work, etc. are nice, but not essential in today's homes.
6. Laundry and Cleaning. To run a sanitary, efficient home, we must learn the basics of laundry and how to clean a house.
What if you don't know any of this stuff and are struggling at home?
In the early part of the 1900's, homemakers clubs were available in many towns throughout the United States. This was where the women would get together to learn from one another. In my local town's Historical Society, there is a photograph of a group of mothers in a homemaker's club in the 1930's. Their support of one another was wonderful!
Today, we can join quilting clubs, cooking clubs and the like. We can also read books, watch videos and learn in many different ways. The important thing to remember is that we must always continue to sharpen our skills and learn because changes in modern culture and technology affect our work at home.
Some Quotes from the Experts:
"Home economics should find its way into the curriculum of every school because the scientific study of a problem pertaining to food, shelter or clothing… raises manual labor that might be drudgery to the plane of intelligent effort that is always self-respecting…Home economics is not one department, in the sense in which dairying or entomology or soils is a department. It is not a single specialty… Many technical and educational departments will grow out of it as time goes on."
Martha Van Rensselaer (1913)
Professor of Home Economics and Co-Director of the New York State College of Home Economics
"From the broad view of intelligent statecraft, the state will find an education in home economics a tool of the utmost importance in building up forces which increase physical well-being of the population and which make for a reduction in the number of persons thrown back to the state for support by reason of physical, mental, or moral failure."
Albert R, Mann (1930)
Dean, New York State College of Agriculture
"Home-making today should have a background of scientific training because only in this way can real efficiency be achieved. The average girl wants to be able to keep her house with the least possible strain, and in order to do this she must have good training. This can best be achieved by taking a good course in home economics."
Eleanor Roosevelt (1933)
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