I’ve just received Jamie Oliver’s monthly email newsletter which I signed up for. Among other things, he says:
September is also the month the cooking qualification I’ve created in partnership with Edexcel launches in schools around the UK. It’s called Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills and it’s the start of a real journey for me. As of this school year, the government has made cooking lessons mandatory for all students in British secondary schools.
Hmm, mandatory cooking lessons? I don’t know if I agree that it’s a Good Thing. I mean, sure, everyone should be able to fend for themselves and cooking is a basic life skill, but is it really necessary to make it compulsory at school? I suppose that much will depend on the syllabus of the course and the quality of teaching. In ye olden days when I was at school, cooking was an essential subject in the first year of secondary – for girls only! (the boys got woodwork). But we got really boring stuff like making a breakfast (how to make a cup of tea and cut an orange in half), and other stuff that even then was old-fashioned (jam roly-poly and the like).
I tried to investigate further by looking on the official Jamie Oliver website, but couldn’t find anything at all about the Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills course on there. After a fair bit of searching, the best information I could find was on the Local Authority Caterers Association site. You can read the full story here.
What do you think? Do you agree that cooking lessons should be mandatory in schools? Please comment and have your say.