A few (I think) ..... I started school at age 5, and do remember I had to take a 'knowledge/aptitude test', and pass it, to be able to do so, and some family stuff -- but heh, that was a good while ago, so recalls are likely 'shades of memories' at best.
TPBM took a boy's home economics class in high school (the one I took, in Grade 12, centered mostly on cooking).
True; getting a job in academia as a white male is tough (far more than half of the openings when I was looking for a job were funded through programs that specified that the applicant must be a female or visible minority). However, academia is still a closer approximation of a meritocracy than any other field I'm aware of (excepting, perhaps professional sports).
False ... (but from a google search, it looks great!!) ... most of our local corn comes from farms up the Fraser River Valley (in and around Chilliwack, et al). At present, there's some US corn in the stores .. it's small, high-priced 'junk', what I would call "pig corn", when compared to what we usually get as locally-grown corn!! (but it's much too early as yet for our sweet local corn)
TPBM has tasted some of the new potato 'nuggets' .. our BC-grown are hitting the stores now .. they're a little pricey at present, but sure good (and I can't say that about most potatoes these days -- I personally miss PEI and NB spuds!!!)