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Janice Weeks offers thanks for story on canceled field trip to legislature, Pat Smith thinks adulting class would be good

Thanks offered for field trip story

To the editor:

Thank you for the story in the March 4 edition about the failed CHS field trip to observe the Oregon Legislature in session.

Having different ideas and people to explain those views is always beneficial — that's the beauty of our system of government. It was a significant loss that the students were not able to see our state government in action.

I am sure these future voters of Oregon would have appreciated this perspective if all the legislators had been present.

Janice Weeks

Canby

Adulting class would be a good thing

To the editor:

How interesting that one of our high school teachers plans to write a curriculum for "Adulting 101." A very good idea. The Adulting School of Portland, Maine launched in 2017 for "smart and capable" millennials who pay to take their classes to learn "how to cook dinner, clean a kitchen, fold a fitted sheet, open a savings account, how to show up on time for an appointment.." -- Things they did not learn in school.

The program's co-founder stated: "It used to be that everyone sat down to dinner, helped make dinner, set the table, had your chores, helped Dad put air in the tires. We're not doing that anymore."

And may I ask, who were the brilliant educators and non-educators who dismissed home economics from the high school curriculum? A four-year curriculum which included cooking, sewing, child care, relationships, time and money management, housing décor and management, in exchange for more "academic" math and science, needed only by aspiring astronauts, engineers, medical workers.

All students need adulting home economics.

Pat Smith

Canby


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