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Home Economics and Education: Path to progress Arlene E. Lee Sta. Barbara Elementary School


It is a common fact that home economics has an extremely important place in our educational system today. No other academic discipline incorporates in its curriculum as many pertinent life skills that will help students succeed independent of their chosen career paths. Referring back to past studies and my own personal beliefs, I hope to help the reader understand the benefits of receiving an education in home economics and how the knowledge obtained through this program will prove valuable throughout the lifespan.

The most important aspect of a home economics education  is that students not only learn about subject matter that has relevance to their present lives, but will constantly be of use as they continue to grow. One area of home economics that is considered to be among the most essential is the emphasis on personal development, decision making and intrapersonal skills. According to a study conducted in Japan, students’ personal initiatives play an extremely large role in determining how they’ll react to their changing work situations.

Those who lack the ability to make effective personal decisions are more at risk for experiencing hardships in the instabilities found in the real world. It was also found in the study that students do not feel they have the proper means to learn these valuable life skills at home. Taking courses in home economics at school allows students to acquire the necessary decision making, social and communication skills deemed critical for occupational success.
Home economics deals with the family. It is concerned with people in contemporary society, managing human and material resources for the benefit of individuals and families. Home economics is like a catalyst of change to the betterment of the society primarily because of its focus, that is, the family. In addition, Home Economics views family as a major source of nurturance, protection, and renewal for the individual. On the other hand, as an educational force, the family significantly contributes to the home economics education in the elementary level in the Philippines.

The primary goal is to prepare the students to be better equipped in facing the hard changes of life by letting them practice what they learn in their home economics subject. Theories are learned but practice makes perfect. Home economics is a liberated subject in a way that it makes the students act freely within the bounds of doing things right.

The field of home economics involves a comprehensive, multi-faceted study of daily life in its broadest and deepest sense that it prepares the students to be better equipped to face the fast changing world being homemakers in the future who knowledge and skills transcend in every family and society.

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