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I came across an article on the web published by the Manilla Bulletin about a home economics teacher in the Philippines who cooked a rice noodle dish, known locally as “sinantak”, and although the article did not report the reason, unfortunately, her students were poisoned.  This resulted in two deaths and “downing” 42 others (Lazaro, 2011).  Any home economics teacher would agree that this a nightmare become reality.  So, firstly, I must send condolences to the teacher, her students, all families involved and the communities affected.  Second, this article brought to my attention what is being reported about home economics on the world-wide web.

Any topic that receives negative news coverage can be damaging and counter productive to all the positive, life-changing and exceptional work that goes on.  Food poisoning stories, like the one above, can perpetuate negative opinions about home economics in the general public.  I have also been following “home economics” on Twitter and the news is not good there either!  It doesn’t help that we have students who ‘tweet’ negative comments about their home economics classes for the world to see.

Is spreading bad news the reality of home economics in digital times? 

I strongly believe that we need to balance the negative with the positive. Our collective home economics web-presence needs strengthening.  We need more inspiring home economics news stories and tweets!  Stories that celebrate our successes and challenge negative perceptions.  I would like to think that our good stories outweigh the negative ones.

To start the ball rolling, I have collected some interesting news about home economics people achieving extraordinary things.  For example, did you know that the current Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Margaret Chan, has been voted by Forbes in the top 100 most powerful women in the world a couple of times and she started her career with a degree in home economics.  Also, there is a researcher working in Antarctica, Luann Hoganson, who holds a home economics degree.   At the school level, a teacher inspires her students to succeed… it was reported in another online news service that a Californian Home Economics teacher, Michelle Baker, received a State Award for “Outstanding Advisor Award” (Barrientos, 2011).  I love Michelle’s quote in the news article:

“The most rewarding aspect of teaching is seeing my students succeed… I know that the students are learning something that will prepare and enrich their lives. I strive to prepare my students for life after high school and think about the big picture. I hope to provide them with the tools to reach their goals in life.”

To me… the people in these stories are inspirational.

Do you have a good news story about home economics?  

I invite you to write a blog or start a discussion about a positive and inspiring home economics experience you have had or have come across… What happened?  Was it at home, school, somewhere totally random? What home economics knowledge was involved? How did it make you feel? Why were you inspired?

A collection of positive home economics stories on the web would be powerful knowledge to share!  I look forward to reading and sharing stories.

Comment here or register with www.HomeEcConnect.com.au to share your story.

Jay Deagon

References to source links:

Barrientos, B. (2011, April 7) Kern Valley teacher wins a state award.  Retrieved April 15, 2011 from http://www.bakersfield.com/blogs/thegrade/x529881073/Kern-Valley-home-economics-teacher-wins-state-award

Lazaro, F. (2011, June 16). Luistro visits ‘bad food’ victims. Retrieved June 19, 2011 from http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/322951/luistro-visits-bad-food-victims

University of Wisconsin-Stout (2011) Press Release: Extreme alumni: Stout grads working in Antarctica.  Retrieved June 19, 2011 from http://www.weau.com/news/headlines/Alumni_working_in_Antarctica_112554049.html

World Health Organisation (2011) Director-General: Dr Margaret Chan.  Retrieved June 19, 2011 from http://www.who.int/en/


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