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Danielle Dreilinger: The Secret History of Home Economics

Episode Summary

Danielle Dreilinger shares insights from her recent book The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live.

Episode Notes

Danielle Dreilinger is the North Carolina Storytelling Reporter for the USA Today Network and the author of The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live, which was published in 2021. Prior to researching her book, Danielle covered the charter school movement for NOLA.com. 

In this episode, Danielle discusses her book and the surprising impact that the home economics movement has on the way we live today. Danielle also shares home economics impacts on public education, from paving the way for free school lunches to teaching generations of students about food safety and home maintenance. 

We then dive into the future of home economics classes and how they might be poised for a resurgence given the rising importance of social-emotional learning and students’ interest in sustainable living. 

Danielle can be reached via Twitter at @djdreilinger or through her website at thedailyreason.com. 

Superintendents interested in learning more about home economics should reach out to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (https://www.aafcs.org/) which has chapters in every state.

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