Just the FACS
A Curriculum Discussion in Family & Consumer Sciences
About the Curricularist
Program Consultant for Family & Consumer Sciences
Kansas State Department of Education
Former classroom teacher & adviser for 20 years
Current President--National Association of State Administrators of Family & Consumer Sciences
*name and photo used with permission
Mrs. Randel's Educational Philosophy
Mrs. Randel does not believe in or agree with college credits being offered to high school students because she feels it takes away their options for exploration in high school.
"Some students come into college as a sophomore or junior [according to their credits] and then are expected to make big decisions about their future. Students lack the background knowledge and skills to make these decisions because their elective options were limited during high school."
So how relevant is FACS, really?
FCS Curriculum Basics
- Administration and school board need to understand what the goals of your program are.
- The process is just as important as the content.
- We have a fun content, but it is crucial that it isn't seen as a "slough" class or somewhere to escape the "real learning" of other courses.
- When writing a curriculum, look at the following three things:
National Standards, Needs of Students, Curriculum Pieces (scope, sequence, lessons, etc)
- Mistakes are still being made and it is hard to overcome those teachers who still treat their programs as places to "stitch and stir."
- Wishes more people realized that Family & Consumer Sciences at the high school level is to prepare students for adult life AND to promote careers in Human Services.
- When discussing the relationship between school and society, Mrs Randel stated, "If, as a society, we are not willing to properly educate our future tax payers, citizens, and workforce (as is happening in Kansas right now), we cannot expect to have a functional society in the future."
FACS is "Life Literacy." There is no one who won't be able to use it in some way.