Family and Consumer Science Education includes subject matter and processes which are embedded in a larger social context. Content has been divided into two main focus areas, Interpersonal Communications and Resource Management to align with and reflect Minnesota Graduation Standards.
- Teen Issues
- Child Development
- Exploring Childhood
- Life Skills 7
- Career Horizons
- Senior Issues
- Basic Foods I and II
- Food Preparation
- World of Foods I and II
- Recreational Sewing I, II, and III
- Life Skills 7
Interpersonal communication patterns are significant in transmitting and renewing our culture, in fostering the solidarity of groups and in establishing and securing the identity of individuals. The effectiveness of any family group is dependent upon its ability to exchange information and transmit meaning to one another. Through the use of communication, family members are able to develop rapport, understanding, and trust; to coordinate actions; to problem solve and resolve conflicts; and to transmit affection, joy, or distress. Because family life is dynamic rather than static, problem-solving is an essential process, helping family unity to generate solution and meet their adaptive functions.
Basic skills required to initiate, develop, and maintain effective relationships are:
1. Knowing and trusting each other;
2. Accurately and unambiguously understanding each other;
3. Influencing and helping each other; and
4. Constructively resolving problems and conflicts in the relationship.
Family relationship, careers and community involvement all require interaction with other people. The ability to relate to other individuals in productive and meaningful ways is a necessity. These relationships are essential to our growth and development.
For the individual and the family to be in an economically sound state and in control of things used or consumed in the home has long been an ideal upheld by Family and Consumer Sciences. Focusing only on the individual is inadequate without taking into account the larger social, political and economic forces acting on individuals and families. By reducing the economy to a matter of individual choice, what is overlooked is that the economy of any society is both “assets of institutions and social relationships” that works to meet the material needs of a society and a system: of power in determining “who will get what, who will work for whom and under what conditions.”