This morning I read an item from the 1947 newspaper about the FFA banquet in Caddo. I don’t recall whether my father belonged to FFA, but I do know that my mother belonged to FHA and was a member of the finance committee. I belonged to FHA in high school and served as an officer. The organization and the home economics classes I took were invaluable to my education, my experience, and my confidence. I learned public speaking, budgeting, cooking, decorating, sewing, planning, and problem solving.
My memories this morning caused me to wonder if our current crop of high school students is benefiting from the same life skills education. I know that budget cuts and fears of budget cuts have resulted in fewer “family and consumer sciences” classes and teachers. Like music and art, these valuable classes are often considered optional and offered at the discretion of the administration. And I’m not sure how many students consider them necessary. However, I’m convinced that all of our students need to be instructed in how to live wisely because so many of them aren’t receiving that instruction at home.
I was encouraged to more read about the current organization,FCCLA- Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. I like their mission and the wide range of opportunities they offer. I was also pleased to see that National FCCLA Week is February 8-12. I hope you’ll join me in reading more about this fine organization. You may also want to check with your school for local events.