Why cooking should be taught in schools
It’s hard to comprehend asking a tutor to add even one activity in their existing curriculum. However, what could have been the case if it was something which could have accomplished both learning objectives at ago? On the surface, cooking is well suited in a home kitchen, when parents have space, time and inclination to have fun with their children. On the other side, cooking is a perfect method through which children can exercise math skills, see science in action, develop healthy habits and learn new vocabulary to last in a life time. Through cooking in classes, the students will be able to learn language arts, social studies, develop skills, learn math and science.
- A math cooking class.
Cooking in a mathematics class will help the students learn quantities and also less and more through the measurement of ingredients and manipulation. They can also be able to do experiments with an approach to solving a certain mathematics problem. This will also assist them learn and practice multiplication, division and doubling or halving a recipe.
- Language arts
Through the reading and following the recipe in a classroom can help the students learn the art of following instructions, sequencing, asking the relevant questions and even learn communication skills. In addition, cooking has a language of its own. Chefs are able to learn some new vocabulary during the process.
Cooking is generally a chemistry in action. Have you ever came to notice that when an egg is raw is in liquid state but on cooking it turns to a solid state? Then what of the shaking of some cream in some jar to make butter, how does it happen? Students then can be in apposition to learn the source of each food they consume. As a matter of fact, students will be able to learn on healthy eating habits which will be able to last in their lifetime.
- Social studies
Cooking can be used in social studies to help students know on how to follow rules and regulation for a better citizenship. It will also be a good method of exploring the various cultures of the peers. The process of learning how the various foods are grown is a super introduction to economics, business and the distribution of goods countrywide or even across the world.
- Equip students with the essential life skills
The art of cooking among the essential life skills which only a few students can do. Most of the students have been taking the expensive ready meals which have a low nutritional value and some heap load of fats, calories, sugars and salts. Based on a study conducted, most students lack knowledge and skills in the kitchen which results in showing some very little interest in even cooking their own meals. When cooking is introduced in schools, and food technology made compulsory, students will be able to acquire some motivation plan and guidance, produce and prepare meals of their choice and master the basic kitchen skills.
- Promote healthy lifestyle
We cannot deny that take away foods such as McDonalds, KFC and Dominos are among the popular for most students. We too cannot evade the fact that they at times serve some unhealthy food at a low prices. For example, a piece of pizza can contain 16 grams of fat, 310 calories. If then your purchase the eight pieces then will have taken a total of 128 grams of fat and 2,480 calories. Food technology particularly the home economics will help students get to know the nutritional breakdown of the various foods and the various nutrients required in the body for a proper functioning. When the students acquire a good understanding of vitamins, minerals a d nutrients, their teacher will be in a position to encourage them on the possible substitutes for the popular take outs.
- Potential career opportunity
When students have an exposure to baking and cooking, they will be in a position to discover some hidden potential as well as gaining the idea of working in the hospitality and catering industries. The above reasons will then be able to prove that cookery and food technology should be made compulsory in educational sector across all ages. I therefore hope that schools and the relevant ministries shall take note of this and introduce such subjects in their curriculum