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5 Classes You Took That Your Kids Won’t

Memories of Typing and Home Ec are far, far away when we consider the Facebooking, Tweeting teens of the today and beyond. Here are classes that you sat through and your kids won't take.

By Alison Caporimo
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    Typing

    You recall days of plugging “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” into a typewriter again and again. Nowadays, kids' fingers get enough flexing from texting.

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    Home Economics

    You daughter (or, son) won’t be donning an apron during the school day anytime school. Cooking, cleaning, hygiene, and other family-oriented classes have become extinct, but some parents are fighting to revive them. Their argument? That teaching kids how to cook could help battle obesity in America.

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    Cursive

    Some schools have shunned cursive classes all together, but there are still a few that will teach it (with fewer lessons) in third grade. In the past, most kids would continue to study penmanship until the fifth or sixth grades.

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    Latin

    Popular in classrooms during the 60s and 70s, Latin veni, vidi, vici-ed into the curriculum and then disappeared all together.

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    Shop Class

    Can you imagine the waiver parents would have to sign today if their children were working with saws and hammers? It would never happen.

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    Your Comments

    • Kari

      And we wonder why some of the youth of today are complete idiots when they graduate. These are well-rounded classes (except for the latin, that one was useless).

    • dannicalliope

      They still have shop class and home economics (they call it Family and Consumer Science) in the high school that I taught at last year. So they’re not completely gone.

    • Elektra

      I do domestic studies (mainly cooking and sowing), cursive (although known as writing) Latin and wood/metal working (shop on here). I’m 13. And not home schooled/ grammar school (technically)

    • Kris

      I teach in a school with home ec and shop. They are just called family and consumer sciences and industrial arts. Same thing.