Home man­age­ment and care

Panay News - - Locale -  By Ru­bierosa Ar­pon Ag­nas, LPT

IN the Tech­ni­cal Vo­ca­tional Liveli­hood (TVL) track of the K-12 cur­ricu­lum Home Eco­nom­ics strand, stu­dents will also be taught with the ba­sic home man­age­ment and care. This must sound passé as stu­dents of to­day be­comes glob­ally com­pet­i­tive with ca­reers that makes to­day, or with new ca­reers that cre­ate the need, but at the end of the day, stu­dents will go to each of their re­spec­tive homes and what a bet­ter, com­fort­ing and re­lax­ing feel­ing it is to have that home that is man­aged with much at­ten­tion and care.

Home is the ba­sic unit of every so­ci­ety. In Home Eco­nom­ics that re­mains an im­por­tant sub­ject in school un­til to­day plays a vi­tal role in shap­ing stu­dents with the ba­sic ground­work – the house­hold chores. Stu­dents will ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of ba­sic house man­age­ment. They will also ex­pe­ri­ence plan­ning rou­tine ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing house­keep­ing. They will gain knowl­edge on how to per­form the rou­tine and sea­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties in­volved in the care of the house from the typ­i­cal ones such as dust­ing, sil­ver clean­ing, etc to laun­dry work, gen­eral clean­ing, etc. The stu­dents will also ap­pre­ci­ate the eco­nomic value of women’s, who in old days mostly take care of this job. Stu­dents of the op­po­site gen­der grow in the num­ber of house­hold help to­day be­cause of plumb­ing, light­ing and heat­ing jobs in­volved in home man­age­ment and care. Even house­hold pests and preven­tion from these pests are cov­ered in this sub­ject.

Learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that are mainly taught in the home man­age­ment and care les­son in Home Eco­nom­ics in­clude the fol­low­ing: ( 1) gen­eral meth­ods of sweep­ing, dust­ing and clean­ing; ( 2) the sched­ul­ing of house­hold tasks such as mak­ing daily, weekly and even monthly sched­ules and learn­ing the ad­van­tages of sys­tem­iz­ing a house­hold task; ( 3) the preven­tion and meth­ods of ex­ter­mi­nat­ing flies, mos­qui­toes, rats, cock­roaches, ants, etc.; (4) learn­ing plumb­ing trou­bles and reme­dies such as wa­ter ham­mer and drip­ping faucets, and how to change fuses and how to make re­pairs in elec­tri­cal equip­ment; (5) the care of gas range, rice cooker, kitchen sink, re­frig­er­a­tor, bed­mak­ing, dust­ing, dish­wash­ing, laun­der­ing and dry clean­ing; and, (6) clean­ing win­dows and mir­rors, met­als of var­i­ous kinds and woods of var­i­ous fin­ishes.

Lastly, stu­dents by the end of this par­tic­u­lar les­son and sub­ject will be asked to work out the money value per­formed daily, weekly or monthly by the av­er­age home­maker in the vicin­ity. This is for stu­dents to ap­pre­ci­ate the work that house­hold help does, and for them not to de-mo­ti­vate and de­mean house­hold help. Filipinos were first de­scribed in dic­tio­nar­ies as house­hold help. We felt bad about it be­cause we thought they made ref­er­ence of us to the slaves and colony we once were. But home man­age­ment and care is more than that. It is not an easy job to do. Filipinos may do the hard task or do things the hard way al­ways, but we must pride on the fact that no one else does this more ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive than us. (Paid ar­ti­cle)

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