I took home economics. It was not an elective.
Wish it was though, as I didn't need it. Dad left mom when I was 6, and my mom had to take a 2nd shift grunt job at a factory to make ends meet.
I remember watching others in my class (both boys and girls) trying to follow a recipe to the letter to cook something...and laughing under my breath. I guess I was the only kid in class that could do his multiplication tables while cooking a five-course dinner.