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    Ministers take action: children to learn to cook

    Obesity is becoming an increasing problem in the UK and ministers have today announced one of the most simple and possibly productive solutions; make cookery classes at secondary school compulsory.
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    Re: Ministers take action: children to learn to cook

    Genius!! Why didn't they think of this sooner!? ...Oh wait? ...they did. It was called 'home economics' and was compulsory for 2 years when I was school. And every kid got a grounding in practical basic cooking and nutritional information.

    Hell. I can still cook a 'Russian fish pie' to this day
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    Re: Ministers take action: children to learn to cook

    lol - i want to be a minister...great perks with little brain power required.

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    Re: Ministers take action: children to learn to cook

    Quote Originally Posted by godsdog View Post
    Genius!! Why didn't they think of this sooner!? ...Oh wait? ...they did. It was called 'home economics' and was compulsory for 2 years when I was school. And every kid got a grounding in practical basic cooking and nutritional information.

    Hell. I can still cook a 'Russian fish pie' to this day
    QFT; problem is where are they actually going to get the teachers from? Having deprecated the subject they've effectively made it almost impossible to find a home ec teacher.

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    Re: Ministers take action: children to learn to cook

    Is this the same as home ec?

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    Re: Ministers take action: children to learn to cook

    I had to do it too...

    Maybe I should become a "food technology" teacher if there is a demand!

    Had to teach my housemate how to seperate an egg last night... omg.

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    Re: Ministers take action: children to learn to cook

    Quote Originally Posted by tiggerai View Post
    I had to do it too...

    Maybe I should become a "food technology" teacher if there is a demand!

    Had to teach my housemate how to seperate an egg last night... omg.
    Why are the pretty ones always so dum...... wait a second she isn't even that pretty.

    If your not able to seperate an egg you have to be 6foot, perfectly formed, 32/34B........ but i digress.

    It amazes me how many people at uni couldn't cook spagetti properly. Yes, you need some oil in there or it will clump, yes you need to stir the clumpy oil-less mess or it will stick and burn, yes you need to have enough water, and yes you can over-cook it.
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    Re: Ministers take action: children to learn to cook

    I was stunned at the lack of culinary ability at Uni, I had to teach a mate how to scramble eggs...
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    Re: Ministers take action: children to learn to cook

    Quote Originally Posted by godsdog View Post
    Genius!! Why didn't they think of this sooner!? ...Oh wait? ...they did. It was called 'home economics' and was compulsory for 2 years when I was school. And every kid got a grounding in practical basic cooking and nutritional information.
    Except that this is one hour a week for a single term.
    I can't see them covering much in that time

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    Quote Originally Posted by nichomach View Post
    QFT; problem is where are they actually going to get the teachers from? Having deprecated the subject they've effectively made it almost impossible to find a home ec teacher.
    From what I remember our teachers used to double up on subjects, so your PE teacher was a stand-in English teacher etc. So the school had one dedicated home ec teacher and two who were qualified and would rotate and help out. It's not like your delivering a hardcore science subject. But you're right, you still have to entice and train the people, even if training is basic skills orientated training.

    Quote Originally Posted by capt_cornflake View Post
    Except that this is one hour a week for a single term.
    I can't see them covering much in that time
    I didn't get that far tbh. It just makes me - do that, when I read stuff like this. If that is the case then you're right, it's virtually worthless. It's not high level rocket science to make physical education and 'living skills' education, a base, a core part of a child's education package. Politicians of all persuasions know the answer but are incapable of delivering it for numerous reasons. Parents need to take responsibility too.
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    Re: Ministers take action: children to learn to cook

    I loved Home ec at school.

    I actually considered taking it instead of Computing. Wish I had now.

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