Modern Parenthood Home Economics evolves to teach foodie tricks alongside basics

Home Economics, as it has been known, is shifting to keep up with foodie and maker movement trends and their influence on teens today. Once the way to teach kitchen basics, it has evolved to teach more nuanced skills in food and beyond.

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Students may not come to Donna Barnett’s consumer science classes to get more of what they’ve seen on TV and YouTube. They’re not necessarily looking to serve up the “Weirdest Food You Ever Ate,” for instance, or to learn “How to Cook Road Kill.” And they may not want to become another Alon Shaya, renowned New Orleans’ Domenica chef and one of Ms. Barnett’s former students. But students at Harriton High School, part of Lower Merion School District in suburban Philadelphia, line up for her classes nonetheless.  Some are driven by their romanticism of the foodie culture, some by the down economy.