Friday, May 15, 2015

Don't tell anyone...

I am licensed to teach 'Family and Consumer Science.'
Shhhhhhh--don't tell anyone.

(For you old-timers, 'Family and Consumer Science' is just the new name for 'Home Ec.')

The reason I am licensed to teach it is a different story for a different day (Courtney), but I am. And if you know me? Right now, you're probably thinking to yourself, "WTF?? She doesn't even vacuum more than once every two weeks!" And you'd be right.
Just because I CAN do something doesn't mean I WANT to.

I learned this week that people don't necessarily want to know stuff. And by 'stuff' I mean 'everything I know.' Which is sort of a puzzlement to me, because I want to know everything! (Except math, 'cause I figure I know enough of that already. If I need math done, I've got folks I can call.) So, this week we were learning about the Great Depression (not this one; the one in the 1930s) and the dust bowl and industrial farms, which is why Henry Fonda needed to leave Oklahoma and move to Cali, where he became a movie star. Okay, so maybe that was The Grapes of Wrath. And my brain, being of the "popcorn" variety, made those connections and moved onto food safety and dyes and pesticides and feed corn and slaughterhouses and e-coli and fast food and cooking and cleaning and 'Family and Consumer Science.' All in the span of about twenty seconds.

Everytime I get into one of these "teachable moments," some kid always says "what does this have to do with anything?" I want to smack that kid. I want to scream "It's ALL connected! WE'RE all connected! Someday, the people in charge will GET IT! You won't be asked to fill in bubble sheets; you will be asked to create a flow chart to show how the land we use growing feed corn for cattle (who are not supposed to eat corn, fercryin'outloud--they are GRAZING animals with four stomachs...you do the math--because I can't--) could be used to grow other grains and vegetables for PEOPLE, therefore making fresh foods less-expensive. When fresh fruits and vegetables are comparable in price to the dollar menu at a fast food chain, poorer folks will be able to afford fresh fruits and vegetables, and they will be healthier." But I don't say that. I just shrug and get back to showing them how to fill in bubble sheets.

Bubble sheets.

(this is a repost from a few years ago.  If you call me, I'll tell you how I REALLY feel....)

7 comments:

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I just found out that WIC supplies 1 $10.00 coupon a month for fresh fruit and vegetables. ARGH!!!! Someone in the class is connecting to what you are saying. Not everyone, but someone.

Kim Totten said...

Old timers? Sheesh!

Kim Totten said...

I must be sensitive...that was rude

Kirby Carespodi said...

By "old-timers" I meant myself! I wrote about finding that it had changed when I got my license and had no idea what "Family and Consumer Science" was!!

Michele said...

I'm and old-timer and definitely needed your help with the definition! Don't get me started on tests that in no way reflect real learning by students. Keep up your good work!

Bliss said...

Maybe if I had four stomachs corn wouldn't come out looking the same way it goes in.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Bliss cracks me up! The perks of living in the country...so thankful for our garden.

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