Thursday, March 10, 2016

So, I've Been Struggling to Find the "Blog Worthy" in my Life ~I Think I Just Found an Answer ~~Thank you, Julia Roberts

I haven't posted to my blog for 10 days. 
Perhaps everyone feels this way at this time of the year?

Work...work...work...

The grass is brown.
The trees are bare.
Winter...is there no end?

This post came across my Facebook News Feed this afternoon...

If Julia Roberts wasn't an actress, she would be a Family and Consumer Science teacher.
I've always liked her..and now I love, love, love her!

Here's what she says...
"What do family and consumer sciences teachers do?  They make a difference teaching life lessons and interesting topics. They teach content that solves practical perennial problems. FACS teachers teach about obesity prevention, balancing work and family-workforce development,  personal financial literacy, parenting education and meeting human needs. FACS content is about relevance and uses critical thinking skills"

Ummm...Yes!!
While my young men and women are learning to press a dress shirt,
the students in the background are writing checks for their bills 
and balancing their checkbooks.

We also research careers,
and compare colleges.

Roberts is passionate about improving the quality of life for others. Her work for UNICEF and other charities reveals her dedication to meaningful education. And that’s what Family and Consumer Science (FACS) is all about. It’s the one secondary school subject that is focused on gaining essential knowledge and skills in the fields of nutrition, child development, home finances, and other areas that directly affect an individual’s and a family’s quality of life.
Roberts understands the importance of family. She’s a dedicated mother of three and focuses much of her charitable work on improving the lives of families. Families are the cornerstone of every society, yet only FACS classrooms directly deal with the issues crucial to developing and maintaining healthy families. Can you imagine a thriving household in which no one knew about nutrition, caring for young children, or managing money? Can you think of an academic area besides FACS where these things are directly taught?

Students learn about nutrition,
that men can cook,
and not all cops are out to get you.

Roberts strives for excellence. She didn’t win an Academy Award or become one of America’s highest-paid actresses by sitting on the sidelines. The best teachers challenge themselves and their students to achieve excellence, and FACS teachers are no exception. A FACS teacher sets the bar high and teaches towards students’ biggest test: life. FACS students learn about the latest research in child psychology, MyPlate nutrition, Farm to Fork food preparation, career education, problem solving, and critical thinking skills and other life lessons.


Why Family and Consumer Sciences Education?
Numerous articles, editorials and radio discussions have been asking “Where is Home Economics?” individuals leading the discussion have ranged from medical doctors, cardiologists, entrepreneurs, dietitians, and financial planners. The motivation for such a request comes from the evidence that our society is faced with many perennial issues that negatively impact individuals, families and communities. Each issue (obesity, financial literacy, career preparation, work-life balance, to name a few) can be addressed through family and sciences education curriculum and courses. Family and Consumer sciences education is vital through family and consumer sciences education curriculum and courses. Family and consumer sciences education is vital to the improvement of the quality of life. Family and consumer sciences curriculum brings to life academic disciples such as sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and connects students to real world applications of such content.
Hospitality, tourism and travel industries are growing in many states across the national resulting in an increased demand for managers of hotels, restaurant and spas. Food manufacturing companies seek FACS graduates to work in product development, consumer affairs, public policy, strategic planning, marketing and research. Counselors are needed to work with individuals faced with alcohol/ drug abuse and in family crisis careers. The beginning of coursework includes learning about family, child development and that is FACS courses.

Thank you, Julia, for reminding me 
why my alarm goes off at 5:00 a.m.

Take care,
~Natalie

credit to Minnesota FCCLA  for the well written article

2 comments:

Kit said...

Yay! for you and Julia! Yours is a much needed course for our youth today. I wish we had a class like yours at our school. :) Kit

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