Home ec is for the boys

Now that home economics is called "human sciences," more young men are signing up.


Katharine Mieszkowski
November 2, 2005 1:38AM (UTC)

Man your aprons.

Now that home economics has been recast as "human sciences," it's attracting more male college students, according to this CNN story titled "A Mrs. Degree No Longer."

"Today's the golden age of home ec," Dennis Savaiano, the dean of Purdue University's College of Consumer and Family Sciences, told CNN. "We're directing all the same issues -- family, food and finance -- in a much broader, societal way. These are issues that transcend the home and reflect society in every way."

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It's funny how a field is seen as more legit only when men move into it. But it has to be a good thing that there's more teaching of cooking, excuse me, "nutrition science," going on. With the obesity epidemic raging in America, students of both genders need to learn how to recognize and prepare healthy meals, since many apparently aren't learning it from their moms or dads. Here's hoping this trend makes its way from colleges into high schools, too.


Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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