08 Feb '18, 6am

Home economics once defined the role of women in S’pore’s society, but things changed https://t.co/uE04jwtHM5

Home economics once defined the role of women in S’pore’s society, but things changed https://t.co/uE04jwtHM5

Since our independence, education policies in Singapore not only serve to train the future workforce, but they can also be seen as a reflection of social norms and values. Policy decisions regarding the home economics syllabus, for instance, can be very telling of the gender norms and expectations of the role of women within a particular context. Home economics, for instance, was once compulsory for only girls and textbooks in the 1980s seldom showed men doing housework. Photo via NLB Advertisement Home economics – Compulsory for girls? Photo from NAS. In 1968, the home economics curriculum was made compulsory for only female students. Students were trained to cook, sew and manage the home. Male students did technical studies instead. The government reversed its policy briefly in 1977, allowing girls to choose between technical studies and home economics. However, the subj...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/02/home-econs-compulsory/

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