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Easton Board to Vote on Township Man's Book Complaint

The Easton Area School Board will decide whether the book "Nickel and Dimed" belongs in the district's curriculum, in response to a challenge from Lower Saucon resident Eric Adams.

Does Nickel and Dimed belong in Easton Area High School classrooms?

The Easton Area School Board will settle that question--one that's been debated for the last two years--at its May 22 meeting.

The book--which deals with author year doing low-wage work--is part of the school's 11th grade AP English course.

A committee of district officials and teachers reviewed the book in 2010 and found that it was appropriate.

That was in response to an objection by , who argued the book pushes a socialist political agenda, advocates illegal drug use and contains economic fallacies.

Adams restated those arguments again Tuesday night before the school board academic committee.

He also says the book "belittles" Christians and employers.

It's not the targets, he said, so much as the attitude.

"Next time it could be Jews or Muslims or organized labor," Adams said.

Also arguing against the book was , an Easton resident who ran for a seat on the school board last year.

He objects to "Nickel and Dimed" for numerous reasons, including its passage on how to fake your way past a drug test.

"We wouldn't hand them a book on how to make a bomb," DelBacco said.

Parent Jill Nathanson--a Rutgers Univeristy librarian--said kids who read the book are smart enough not to take everything in it to heart.

"This is a college level book," she said. "You may not like it, but...almost every college or university in the country carries Nickel and Dimed. We're teaching our students to be information literate."

Board member Robert Moskaitis applauded all the people who have contacted the board about the book, saying it shows what democracy is all about. 

"That doesn’t mean that is a priority for this board. It's not among the top 10, or top 100 priorities of this district," Moskaitis said, arguing the district has more pressing issues--such as math and science scores--to worry about.

Scott Korin May 14, 2012 at 10:17 AM
These parents against this book are basically saying that the English AP students are easily led astray, or that their parents are either incompetent or uncaring. Why do some people think it's their job to be the moral police for other parents or the district in general?
Sam Hain May 14, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I hope the next book that is banned is the Diary of Anne Frank. It teaches us how to harbor criminals, and portrays whites in an unflattering manner,
charles hampton June 07, 2012 at 01:10 PM
To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves. ~Claude-Adrien Helvétius
Andrew Wilt June 07, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Yes, but it's too bad the mainstream media and press are really controlled by the mega corporations and their puppets in government.

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