Hahaha, Family Life was the euphemism my middle school used for our eighth grade co-ed $ex ed course. So awkward.Originally Posted by Unklescott;3213480;
As for home ec and the like, we had home ec for the last three years of middle school, although when I entered seventh grade they opted for the more politically correct (who really knows?) family and consumer sciences. Incidentally, until I took the class, I thought home ec was short for home equity, which must mean I was watching too many loan ads as a young'un. When I was in sixth grade, we had wood shop, where we learned to make wooden baskets (still have mine!), but when that teacher retired, the powers that be decided that a technology education course would be more relevant, so they switched shop over to that. Lest anyone get the idea that we studied, well, anything useful, let me reassure you that we made foam magnetic levitation "cars," which is clearly something I use in my everyday life.
I know my high school offered cooking courses (culinary arts--- not home ec), and there was a boatbuilding class for those interested in woodworking, and I don't even know what else, but for many of us, those got lost in the world of transcript and resume padding and college admission strategies.
Fortunately, I can cook fairly well, sew a button on in a pinch and probably more if I had to, and while I'm no expert, I'm okay with basic tools. Our family favorite is the hammer, but a close second of mine is the level.
Oh, and strangely I think that compounding interest was material from my precalculus class... my mom had to teach me how to balance my checkbook.