Those of generations before me (I'm not that old) remember home economics as an option for high-school students to learn the basics of running a house.
Grist recently linked to an article about culinary students at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. To show surprise, the author then said, "(yes, Canada apparently has culinary programs in high school)."
I did not know that.
The article talked about how the students were raising 100 tilapia in such a way that the fish add leftover vegetables and scraps and how the fish waste helped the plants grow above the fish tank. Talk about a life cycle.
Though I am much more into food than I would have been in high school, I still would have loved the idea of taking culinary classes in high school. The folks at Grist and I agree on one thing: we would love to know if this type of program exists throughout much of Canada or if this is a rare occurrence.
The original article via the Winnipeg Free Press noted that the kids cook in a commercial-style kitchen, fixing lunches each day for 2,500 students and staff. Having some students cook for other students would make cooking and food into a teaching moment on both sides of the cafeteria. Students learn a valuable skill in cooking the food and those who eat the food would appreciate the food more if it came from their peers.
This isn't some kind of left-wing warm-weather place such as Berkeley, CA. This is Edmonton in Alberta, the most conservative province, at a latitude of 53°34', slightly south of Juneau, Alaska.