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By LuAnn Schindler

Not your parents' home ec class: Family consumer science focuses on community, leadership

Ewing students qualify for state STAR competition


February 6, 2020

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First-time winners • (l-r): Adrienne Parker and Olga Mendoza, students at Ewing Public Schools medaled in the FCCLA STAR competition, Jan. 29. Both will advance to state competition, in April, in Lincoln. Parker and Mendoza are the first FCCLA state qualifers for Ewing's chapter.

The stereotype was established more than a century ago.

Home economics curriculum focused on making life at home more efficient and included coursework covering nutrition, cooking, sewing construction and child care.

In fact, The Morrill Act of 1862, which established land-grant colleges, led to the offering of domestic science courses adapted for farmers' wives, who were expected to maintain the household while assisting with the family farm.

By 1945, home economics leaders pushed for the creation of a student organization that promoted home ec principles.

On June 11, 1945, Future Homemak...

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