Yes, Home Economics Still Exists — But It's Called Consumer Sciences Now

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Playing Bring Back Home Ec — Meet a Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher | Food For Thought
Bring Back Home Ec — Meet a Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher | Food For Thought Aired September 10, 2019

Throughout season 14, Rach will be schooling us with some "Food for Thought" — sharing food and nutrition-related tips.

"At the beginning of the show, sometimes we'll be cooking and talking about different types of diets — like keto diet, vegan diets, vegetarian diets, different diet options — and sometimes we'll just be talking about topics related to food," Rach says.

To kick things off, Rach invited a home economics teacher (yes, they still exist!) and some of his students to our show. Mr. Nicholas Zimmerman works in Shenandoah County Public Schools in Virginia, where he teaches family and consumer sciences — the new umbrella term for home economics.

"I teach my students essential life skills in the areas of child development, human development, apparels, textiles, housing interiors and nutrition and wellness," Nic says. "People need to understand that home economics never left. We evolved to meet the needs of our students and this current generation as we transitioned into family and consumer sciences."

The teacher shares that he loves how family-oriented Rach's recipes are, making them "very reachable to [his] students and [his] classroom."

He came on the show to demonstrate for his students (and our audience) the proper way to hold a knife when chopping vegetables — plus, he made a super simple stir-fry. Watch the video above to see his step-by-step chopping demo.

RELATED: Rachael's Tip: Chopping Onions

And because Rach can't physically be in the classroom, she's providing Nic and his students with four sets of her 11-Piece Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware — one for each of the four stations in their classroom kitchen!

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