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Letter: The importance of Family and Consumer Sciences education

According to the United Nations, there are an estimated 500 million family farms around the world. Those 500 million family farms represent nearly 80 percent of all farms in many countries. Also, according to a Small Business 2011 survey, family businesses comprise 90 percent of business enterprises in North America. Family can be described in one word… everything. Most of the farms in the world are run by family. Most of the businesses in North America are run by the family. This is why family values are important.  

Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) was previously known as Home Economics until the name was changed in the 1990s. Today, FACS covers topics such as interior design, child development, cooking, clothing, and much more. These are important for basically any career path, whether it’s a business, agriculture, or whatever it may be. Family and Consumer Sciences education should be integrated in the main curriculum for all middle and high school students

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a career and technical student organization (CTSO) with the family as its main focus. FCCLA has approximately 200,000 students through grade 12. FCCLA is in partnership with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Approximately 10 to 20 FACS educators in Minnesota alone are planning to retire. According to the 2012-13 FCCLA membership report, almost 450 chapters were lost due to instructors retiring or low interest.

Here in Morris, we are happy to have Amanda Nygaard as our FACS instructor.  She graduated from North Dakota State University and has been teaching at Morris Area High School since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. Aside from teaching, Mrs. Nygaard is also the Morris Area FCCLA adviser and she is also a mom-to-be!

In conclusion, most of the careers in the world link to the family. Also, we looked at the CTSO, FCCLA. Finally, how we are VERY lucky to have a FACS instructor right here in Morris!