Teaching Children to cook

March 24, 2008 1:16pm CST
I don't know what happens in the States but in the UK we have stopped teaching our children to cook in schools. Do you think it is a bad thing not to be teaching our kids the basics of cookery? In this day and age there seems less and less of preparing meals at home and more emphasis on buying convenience foods. Not that there is anything wrong with ready meals but to eat them all of the time I would say that people are missing out on one of life's great pleasures of cooking a good meal to eat with your loved ones. What do you all think
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@ruby222 (4848)
24 Mar 08
I think its very important for children to learn how to cook....we did when we went to school...and it was so useful.But im sure i heard something about putting it backontothe curriculum..Lets hope so
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24 Mar 08
I hope that it does go back on the curriculum in schools. I was taught both at home with my mum but also at school and I think this encouraged me to experiment with new foods. I have always had a love of cooking and of course eating as well
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
25 Mar 08
I have mixed feeling on this topic. When I went to high school the girls learned to cook and sew and the boys went to shop class and learned to do woodwork. I could have done the woodwork and actually learned something but being a girl I didn't want to rock the boat. I already knew how to cook everything they tried to teach us. I mean you would have to be a moron not to know how to make a sandwich by the time you are 13! So although for me it was a complete waste of time it gave me an a on my report card! I think for some that haven't been taught at home school is a good place to learn nutrition and cooking. Some people come from homes where Mcdonalds is a healthy meal and they need to be taught right but on the other hand if parents could teach them basic life skills then school could be used for learning math and such.
25 Mar 08
its a shame you missed out on the woodwork class but I agree that if they were teaching you how to make a sadnwich then thats hardly cookery. We made things like sausage rolls, shephards pie Christmas cakes etc it was a varied class
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
25 Mar 08
Awww thats unfortunate you never got to do metalwork and woodwork as well as cooking and sewing. We did and I enjoyed woodwork the most. Made a few nice things too like pencil cases and jewelry boxes.
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25 Mar 08
When I was a school the girls always did cookery and sewing and the boys woodwork and metalwork. Things had changed when my children went to school and my daughter did woodwork as well as cookery and sewing. My son also did sewing,cookery, woodwork and metalwork When I married I did woodwork at nightschool
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
25 Mar 08
I don't think that any of my kids took cooking in school. My girls both can cook and sew from me and 4-H. When i was in school both were taught in a class called home economics. This subject is no longer required in the schools in my area. When I was in high school Home economics was considered a science. My granddaughter has learned to cook from me also. Now if I could just get my grandson to want to cook as much as he likes to eat. I think that kids will learn more cook and cook more healthy from a class at school. Cooking can and does incorporate Science Math and reading as well as social science if the teacher wants to. I would like to see it as a required subject not just cooking but all that home economics covers, Child care, finances and sewing. so many people don't know these skills any more.
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25 Mar 08
You are so right learning to cook can cover lots of other things as well
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
25 Mar 08
Kids should also start being taught nutrition as soon as they start school.
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25 Mar 08
I agree with you nutrition is an importand part of keeping healthy and fit
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• United States
25 Mar 08
We should all definately take time out to teach our children how to cook. It is a great way to spend time with our children and is definately something that they will always remember. Quality time like this is somethin that all kids want but will never admit. And how would you feel sending your daughter into a marriage not knowing how to cook for her husband? The way to a man's heart is through his stomach! LOL I really think it is a wonderful thing to teach our children how to cook.
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25 Mar 08
I have spent a few happy hours with my grandson, who is 14, in the kitchen. He wants to be an Italian Chef so we have been experimenting with pasta receipes and anything else Italian, he is very proud when he goes home with a meal we have prepared together. We made pizza on several occasions, we first made the bread dough for the base, and then tomato sauce for the topping, my son in law thought it was very good and was very disappointed to learn it had all been eaten and there were no second helpings to be had
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@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
25 Mar 08
I remember when I was in high school we did cook in school and I still believe they do today.... You know I thought it was a good thing they taught us that.. I mean when watching at home thinking about it you really don't learn cause it's not a hands on activity. At school it is, Your right there learning how to do things... I think it's a great experience for kids to learn how to cook rather it's in school or at home... Just my oppion!!
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25 Mar 08
thanks for the comment it is so interesting to hear what you all think, all contributions gratefully received
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
25 Mar 08
Awww I enjoyed "Home Economic" classes when I use to go to school. I wasn't any good at it but learned the basics, even with sewing, woodwork and metalwork. (I'm from New Zealand). I am not sure if they teach these classes anymore but it would be a pity if they didn't as I did learn a lot from all four classes offered.
25 Mar 08
I think it always helps to cover the basics in all of the skill lessons at least you had a go
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@carolscash (9500)
• United States
25 Mar 08
I don't think that they teach cooking in schools here either anymore. I think that it is important to teach children that as it is something that they will need to do at some point in their life. I think that the convience foods are nice for busy families,but I also think that you have to find time to occasionally cook a real meal and have a family dinner time.
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25 Mar 08
I am certainly not saying that we should get rid of ready meals they are a godsend on very busy day or when you get home late and just want a quick meal but not to be used all the time. I think it is such a shame that children do not get cookery or sewing lessons anymore, they do miss out
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• United States
25 Mar 08
I think it is an important skill to know how to prepaire food. I know hen my Hubby and I first got married we could not afford to go out and eat. We had to cook at home. My Dad taught me how to cook basics and the rest I learned on my own. I am now trying to teach my kids how to cook so they learn to appreciate it.
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• Philippines
25 Mar 08
I think it is important for adults to teach children the basics of life - from cleaning the houses, to laundry, to cooking. It will definitely help them be a better person someday. I also think that the bonding moment shared between a parent or a teacher to the child -- or even amongst the children themselves are considered priceless by any means.
25 Mar 08
I agree with you on all points
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@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
25 Mar 08
I hope that your school authorities will reverse this decision. There is an epidemic of obesity in some Western countries. I feel this is as a result of people no longer cooking food but eating processed and pre-cooked stuff all the time. I see it in the supermarket at the cash. Sometimes these foods are time savers and very useful if unexpected people need to be fed. However, it seems to me that basic cooking skills are necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Sadly I see the results of no cooking. I have a friend, she is highly educated has several degrees, reads complicated stuff every day of her life. Her mother never taught her how to cook, she does not cook, she is hugely overweight at a young age, she claims she cannot cook. One of her children is also on the way to obesity. I agree with you, one of the greatest pleasures in life is to prepare a good meal with fresh ingredients. It can be ever so simple.
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25 Mar 08
It does not have to take long or be complicated to have homecooked food on the table. I agree with you when you look around at folk I am amazed at how fat they are. These people always seem to be eating something even in the streets which my mum would have been annoyed about if she had seen me eating in the street. I feel that society has lost so much now that families do not seem to sit down together for a meal at least once a day. My children were bought up with the family meals all taken together and they still do this with their families.
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@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
25 Mar 08
gosh i can remember that cooking and sewing were my favourite classes when i went to school.they still teach cooking here in australia.my son went to his high school orientation day 2 weeks ago and he made some biscuits,he was really excited that he made them.why did they stop cooking in the u.k schools.cheers sue
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25 Mar 08
I feel we have a very funny attitute towards kids here in the UK. I think alot of it was they might hurt themselves using sharp knives or burn thereselve on hot things. We have even stopped the annual sports days because we do not want anyone to fail in anything. You cannot go through life without some failures and it is best to get used to them early in life. I bet the biscuits were delicious wish we could all taste them
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• United States
25 Mar 08
I think cooking is a good thing to learn about in school, I dont think it's important though. When I think about things I've learned in school I cant recall anything from Home Ec classes that I still carry with me. I do remember lots of little tips my mom gave me for cooking!
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25 Mar 08
I do think it is important because children here in the UK do not seem to be learning at home either
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@Swaana (1208)
• India
25 Mar 08
Learning to cook is a real good thing. If the kids are taught to cook, at home and at school, they wont feel left out when they move out of house to some other country for higher studies. I have found so many teenagers not able to eat the food that is cooked at hotels. It is always better to learn cooking. Be it for boys or for girls.
25 Mar 08
I agree with you boys should also learn as well. I taught my son to cook simple things and also to iron his own shirts so when he went to University he could look after himself although I think a lot of the girls thought he could not and looked after him. A fact he did not put them straight on
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@AmbiePam (49557)
• United States
25 Mar 08
I think there is a big problem with not teaching how to cook. Not just to cook, but cook with health in mind. So many people say they just don't know how to cook healthy food. Nevertheless, cooking teaches us how to be self-sufficient and independent, which we need our children to be. My mom bought my sister and I each a children's cook book when I was 7, and my sister was nine. I still have it! Before long my sister was cooking french toast and I was cooking tuna casserole.
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25 Mar 08
I had a set of children's cook books when I was about the same age as you were. I really enjoyed the time I spent with mum in the kitchen cooking and I also enjoyed my time with dad on his allotment learning how to grow veg, another joy that has never left me
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@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
24 Mar 08
Teachinh children to cook is to teach them how to be self-dependent. okay it looks like one aspect of life (food) -which is so important- but it also hides alot of meanings behind.
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24 Mar 08
thank you for your comment which I think is a deeply philosophical one. It gives me food for thought
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
24 Mar 08
Both of my daughters took cooking classes at school. They even had to make recipe books for the class. I think unless they have these classes at school they are probably not going to be taught at home, due to mothers working full time jobs and less time to do so. In the day that the mother was a stay at home mom, it was easier to teach cooking skills at home.
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24 Mar 08
I think the home based skills are being lost in the present climate as most mums now go out to work and time is of the essence so like my mum who spent time with me at home it is more of a luxury for modern mums My mum never went out to work as most women did not back in the 1950's
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@rpegan (598)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I think that children should learn to cook in a home environment. There's a lot of cultural cooking taught in the home that a school can't necessarily cover. Here in the United States, schools desperately need to focus on academic subjects. The country as a whole has fallen devastatingly behind in subjects such as science and math. Therefore, I rather hope that we're taking more time to focus on academic subjects.
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24 Mar 08
I don't know what happens in the States but our children never seem to be at school these days what with teacher training days and holidays and also our children seem to finish their school day at around 3.00 pm. When I was at school our school day finished at 4.00 pm. I quite agree with you that all academic subjects should come first but I do think that a little bit of time could be spent on the more life skills subjects
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@Hatley (164629)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Mar 08
I think all kids should be taught to cook as its such a basic skilland will be with them for a lifetime. My mom taught me to cook as our school did not have a program so am very glad she did. My son and my husband both learned to cook and my son now is very good at it. I am a widow now but I really enjoyed myhusband's cooking so much. Iam learning to enjoy cooking again as I cook for myself now and I do enjoy it so much.
30 Mar 08
I also taught my son to cook as well as my daughter. I have also had sessions with all of the grandchildren, I think these are very special times