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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Closing the book on personal finance class

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HEADLINE: Closing the book on personal finance class

SUMMARY: Complaints from one student’s parents could lead to the removal of a book from the Bedford High School curriculum for the first time. Barbara Ehrenreich’s nonfiction account of working minimum-wage jobs, titled “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” was assigned to students in Bedford High’s personal finance class this semester, but its future use is in question after parents have challenged its content. (Dec. 12)

COMMENT: Heaven forbid a high school student should be exposed to different points of view. Couldn’t he have written a compelling essay about how he thought the book was in error? Does this student plan to go to college? He will be exposed to many ideas and classes with which he disagrees, but that is the point! Expand your mind, learn who you are, and express yourself in an intelligent manner. If his parents are so afraid of exposing him to any ideas other than their own, then they were right to take him out of school and home school him. (minivan40)