There are many electives offered at the Academy. Two new suggestions from students are Home Economics and Woodshop. Other schools in the area have had success with similar coursework.
Home Economics is a class that specializes in learning how to cook and also learning the different nutritional aspects of foods. These foods can include desserts, pies and cakes. Maybe Gilmour could offer a Home Economics class as an elective for Upper School students.
Maggie Schmidt (`12) says, “A Home Economics class would be a great time to learn how to cook different types of foods that I can enjoy for the rest of my life.”
A commom misconception is that Home Economics is a class that only teaches cooking. However, Home Economics goes much further than that. Students learn about the nutritional aspects of eating and also how to develop good eating habits. Students become educated on how to live a healthy lifestyle through the foods they make.
Woodshop would also be great class for lifelong learners. Students can learn how to construct different works of art through wood. “I would love to have a Woodshop class,” says Andrew Link (`12). “It would be a unique class for a college prep school.”
Students would learn to use different instruments to construct wood tables, chairs, even bookshelves. The experiences enjoyed from taking Woodshop would be skills students can use throughout their whole lives and use in many household chores.
Dr. Gutowski, Director of Academic Services and Instructor in Social Studies, says the main reason for these electives not being offered at the Academy is because these classes “do not prepare you for college.” Colleges generally do not offer classes like Home Economics or Woodshop. So the Academy tries to align its electives with college-based curriculum.
There are many electives offered at the Academy that are both educational and enjoyable. Electives should come with a rigorous syllabus and challenging workload, and offer students the chance to learn skills that will last a lifetime.
“I suppose we can always write about taking Home Economics and Woodshop if we really want to,” comments Steve Greco (`11).