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Public School Domestic Science   By: (1858-1910)

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Public School Domestic Science, written by Adelaide Hoodless, is a must-read for anyone interested in the advancement of domestic education. With a strong emphasis on promoting practical skills and empowering young women, this book revolutionizes the way we think about education in public schools.

Hoodless, a renowned educator and founder of various women's organizations, tackles the idea of domestic science as an essential subject for girls in public schools. Going beyond traditional notions of simply cooking and cleaning, she champions the idea that domestic science encompasses a wide range of skills necessary for running a household efficiently. From menu planning and food budgeting to sewing and mending, Hoodless showcases the importance of these skills in shaping responsible citizens.

One of the key strengths of Public School Domestic Science lies in Hoodless' ability to present a persuasive argument backed by concrete evidence. Drawing upon examples from both Canada and the United States, she highlights the success stories of schools that have embraced domestic science and seen tremendous improvements in the lives of their students. By showcasing the real-life impact of this curriculum, Hoodless makes a compelling case for its inclusion in public school curricula nationwide.

Moreover, the book provides practical guidance on how to implement domestic science programs in different schools. Hoodless discusses the necessary qualifications for teachers, the recommended equipment, and the ideal curriculum structure. Her detailed recommendations serve as an invaluable resource for educators and policymakers who are eager to introduce or enhance domestic science education in their own schools.

Throughout the book, Hoodless passionately argues for the recognition of domestic science as an essential field of study, equal in importance to the traditional academic subjects. She challenges the prevailing stereotypes and calls for society to value the contributions of women in the domestic sphere. By promoting a well-rounded education that includes both academic and practical skills, Hoodless aims to empower young women and equip them with the tools necessary to thrive in society.

Although Public School Domestic Science was originally published in 1909, its message remains relevant in today's educational landscape. It challenges the gender norms and advocates for a comprehensive education that goes beyond textbooks and exams. With its remarkable blend of theoretical insights and practical advice, Hoodless' book serves as an important historical document and a call to action for educators, policymakers, and anyone interested in creating a more equal and empowered society.

In conclusion, Public School Domestic Science is an enlightening and persuasive book that highlights the importance of practical skills in public school education. Adelaide Hoodless presents a compelling argument and provides invaluable guidance on how to implement domestic science programs effectively. Her passionate advocacy for equality and the recognition of domestic work as integral to education makes this book a must-read for anyone interested in educational reform and women's empowerment.

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President School Of Domestic Science, Hamilton.

This Book may be used as a Text Book in any High or Public School, if so ordered by a resolution of the Trustees.


Entered according to Act of the Parliament of Canada, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety eight, by THE COPP, CLARK COMPANY, LIMITED, Toronto, Ontario, in the Office of the Minister of Agriculture.

[Illustration: A YOUNG HOUSEKEEPER.]

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