LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In high school, many times the focus is on standardized tests and college academic preparation, but what about life skills?
While there once was a time where home economics was a requirement for students, times have changed.
In tonight's, 'Beyond the Books' we show you how some students are taking advantage of these life skills classes in hopes of someday becoming productive adults.
Child development students at North Pulaski High are learning essential tools that can't be taught with a textbook.
"I learned how to cook, learned how to balance a checkbook," said Rebecca Bailey, a North Pulaski High student.
No longer referred to as home economics, students are now taking what's called family consumer sciences. It's an elective offered at most high schools throughout the state that encompasses just about every life skill you can imagine.