April 25, 1993 |
The decor wasn't exactly grand - pale-yellow concrete block, linoleum tile and fluorescent lights. The kitchen wasn't exactly organized - pastry chef Shayna Sellers almost caught on fire. But you couldn't beat the prices. And you never knew whom you might see. It was the Hawaiian Hut, a breakfast-only shop that opened for business during third period at Beck Middle School - 10:20 a.m. April 14. The restaurant was open only two other days: Monday and Wednesday. But while it was open, it gave an eager group of eighth graders a taste of restaurant management.
November 25, 1987 |
"One thing to remember about garnishing is don't take it really seriously," Leslie Rosen advised. "It's supposed to be fun. If something doesn't work, improvise. Put some lettuce around it. Don't worry if it isn't just right. Like with flowers, no two are alike in nature. " Leslie Rosen is a caterer. Her audience this recent day was 18 home- economics students in an advanced foods class from Harriton High School in Rosemont, and Rosen had their attention. In quick succession, she pressed cookie-cutter daisies out of raw white turnip slices and carved roses from the whole, peeled vegetable.
June 24, 2011 |
Remember when the "experts" said that most Americans would telecommute from home offices to work every day? Hasn't happened, although ever-evolving technology has made the notion more viable. Think laptops, netbooks, printers, smartphones, and tablets, networked through a wireless router to a high-speed Internet connection. Thanks to wireless technology, you don't even need a physical home office - although if you are counting on an income-tax deduction, the IRS requires that space be dedicated to that purpose.
February 21, 1993 |
Jeffrey Hoffman, a senior at Cherokee High School in Marlton, likes to cook, and like most other students at the school, he loves to eat. He is doing both - and getting academic credit for it - in Joan Ley's international foods course at Cherokee. So are students at other high schools in Burlington County, where home economics teachers have seen a greater interest in their courses, especially among boys. At Cherokee, one of three high schools in the Lenape Regional High School District, 22 percent of the student body are taking a homemaking course, and Ley estimates that one-third of the student body will take such a course before graduation.
August 13, 1989 |
If you picture the typical home-economics teacher as a schoolmarm who explains the mechanics of an evenly sewn hem, wake up. Home economists say you're in dreamland, and the victim of a stereotype that they have long fought. Home-economics instructors say they are everywoman. And although there may have been a time when home economics in the schools was the stuff of sewing and cooking, those are no longer the only subjects in the home-economics curriculum. Today, homelessness, drugs and teen suicide are issues discussed in the classes.
July 13, 1999 |
Home economics teachers don't do just cooking anymore. They teach students about child health care and development, nutrition and resolving conflicts, among other things. But the city's public school students are learning less of those skills each year, two home economics teachers and a retired teacher complained yesterday. The three spoke at yesterday's Board of Education meeting, charging that the School District was not providing the state-mandated classroom hours of instruction in home economics.
July 12, 1992 |
Hear the one about the man who sued his school because he didn't get an equal education? The boys took shop and the girls took home ec. Now every night at dinnertime, the man says, all he can make are bookcases. It's an old joke - and an old, outdated view of home economics, says Roberta Brown, vocational home economics education specialist for the state Department of Education. "Home economics has always stressed home issues and child development, but now the emphasis is also on family issues and balancing work and family," Brown said.
May 30, 1993 |
A group of costumed music students at Charles Boehm Middle School in Yardley perform "We Are the World" as part of a Special Areas Spectacular Day. Afternoon activities were suspended May 21 so that students could tour the school and see displays of their fellow students' work in such areas as industrial arts, home economics, computer science and physical education, in addition to art and music. The school is part of the Pennsbury School District.
June 15, 1989 |
Seven computers is all they have. Seven computers for 670 students in the Octorara Intermediate School. And that is not enough. That's what school principal Richard Gilpin and about 10 parents and teachers told the Octorara Area District school board at its work session Monday night. Lori Shank, a member of the school's computer committee, told the board that the district needed a program to bridge the gap from introductory computer instruction in the elementary school to advanced courses taught in the high school.
November 1, 1987 |
As a teacher, Hilda Sorelle has little use for abstract theories and weighty textbooks. Her field - home economics - is one of practicality. Some teachers carry briefcases; Sorelle carries sacks of potatoes and bags of chicken parts. In the morning, before she heads to Woodbury High School, you can find her at the supermarket preparing for class. At Woodbury, as at high schools around the country, there is a keener emphasis these days on academics. With more standardized tests and a growing concern about the quality of education, teenagers are pressured to work hard in subjects like English and math.