This article entitled “In austerity Britain why don’t schools teach self-sufficiency?” popped up into my news feed earlier on this week. It talks about the need to equip our young people with the skills they need to Make Do and Mend, including things like cooking from scratch, but also basic repair skills.

Someone shared it in my “A Make Do and Mend Life” Facebook group, and it sparked quite a debate. While most people agreed with the sentiment of the piece, some argued that young people are unlikely to take on board these lessons at that age. Someone also questioned why should it be the responsibility of the schooling system to teach what were once basic life skills.

Personally, I think it’s really important that we show our young people not necessarily how to fix their things, but that we teach them that repair is possible, that it’s at least an option that they know about.  So they know that it could (and should!) be attempted before simply discarding something and spending money and resources on a new version.

I’d love to hear what you guys think!
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