Schools fight to keep Home and Careers alive

Newcomb offers a 10-week block schedule of Home and Careers classes to all elementary students and then makes electives available for high school students in areas of sewing, cooking, etiquette and others.

The consensus among local educators is that lack of popularity is not a problem when it comes to Home and Careers classes. Many who want to see Home and Careers disappear tout that contemporary students are no longer interested in the skills taught by subject.

Mary Jo Dickerson, superintendent at Long Lake and certified Home and Careers instructor, said there is no shortage of interest among Long Lake students. They offer Home and Careers at the middle school level only.

"My electives are the most requested in the school," said Robin Strand, Home and Careers teacher at Indian Lake Central School.

Indian Lake stresses the importance of the field and tries to do innovative and interesting things with it, according to David Snide, principal.

"These classes are what keep students motivated and interested in school," said Dickerson.

Gina Mitchell, an Indian Lake resident who attended both Minerva and Newcomb Central Schools maintains that the skills she learned in Home and Careers were some of the most useful she has acquired.

"I just hope it's around for my children," she said.

Despite the challenges ahead for Home and Careers and the professionals who have dedicated their lives to it, local schools and administrations seem willing to put up a fight on its behalf. They are optimistic about its future roll in local schools and communities.

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