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Erie High School implements more modern family and consumer science program

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Step into in Jill Goodwin's class and you'll see it's about life.

Parenting. Finances. Cooking a healthy meal. Interior design. And even, preparing for birth.

"I want the kids to know what it's like when they deliver a baby," said Goodwin. "What it's like to cook for a family. And how to bring those things home."

Goodwin teaches all the family and consumer sciences classes at Erie High School, which faculty modernized and reinstated this year.

She says the program is different from the old ways of home economics.

"It was the quote on quote motherly class. Today it's not like that." 

It aims to give students tools to use today and in the future.

"We get to learn about babies and weddings so we can know how to do it when we're older," said freshman Hannah Piersell.

"It's a lot of things that we just don't get from normal classes," said senior Heather Chaney.

Principal Noah Francis says the authentic, hands-on experiences help students stay focused and interested.

"How many of those students do not need those kinds of experiences in their lives?"

"There's a lot of hand-on activities," said sophomore Angel Merrick, student. "Our other ones you sit down and take a test. You know you learn out of book. And we don't have a book in here and it's funnier."

Whether it's fun, helpful, or just plain different, students and faculty look at the program as a cliff notes version of life and what is yet to come.

"It's just kind of a head start," said Chaney. "Just little of bonuses. Little life cheats I guess."

The faculty plans to implement the program on a full-time basis next year.

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