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Reading Controversies - “Nickel and Dimed”

On April 1, 2004 a discussion regarding the “Nickel and Dimed” controversy UNC-Chapel Hill was begun when Kevin Cherry addressed the list looking for additional reading controversies to include in an upcoming speech. Kathy Labadorf of the University of Connecticut responded on July 6 with links to articles explaining the situation and the author's response. Additionally, Joanna Howard replied with a suggestion to use “Nickel and Dimed” as a supplement to the Wal-Mart trip mentioned in an earlier conversation (see WAL-MART on the main archive page for details).

Kevin Cherry (read FYE post or send email)
Kathy Labadorf (read FYE post or send email)
Joanna Howard (read FYE post or send email)


April 1, 2004 9:12pm
Original Message: Reading Controversies

I will be speaking to the American Library Association in a couple of months on the
reading program controversies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (the so-called Koran Controversy and the Nickel and Dimed Controversy). Does anyone on the list know of other brouhahas related to first year reading programs that I should briefly "tip my hat" toward while relating the events in Chapel Hill?

I apologize if this is a much-discussed topic on this list and you are tired
of hearing about it.

Kevin Cherry
Visiting Instructor,
Dept. of Librarianship, Educational Technology, and Distance Instruction,
East Carolina University


July 6, 2004 3:19pm
Re: Reading Controversies

I didn't find a reply to the query about the Nickel and Dimed controversy
so, being the librarian that I am, I went right to Google.

Seems campus and political folks felt the book (Nickel and Dimed: On (Not)
getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich) was just too biased, too
liberal, too damning of our economic system. Here's a good telling of the
story:

http://alumni.unc.edu/car/weekly/story.asp?sid=375

It's another case where a book's point of view became an end point instead
of a starting point.

And here's Barbara's take on the situation:

http://www.progressive.org/sept03/ehr0903.htm

Sorry if this duplicates. I've just rejoined and was searching the archives
to get up to date.

Kathy Labadorf
Undergraduate Services librarian
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT


July 7, 2004 10:41am
Re: Reading Controversies

What if you used the WalMart visit in conjunction with the later reading of Nickel and Dimed? In other words, the initial visit would give the students a chance to get their supplies and would also ground them in what WalMart is and what it's like (even if they've shopped at WM for years, it's not a bad idea to have a common ground for discussion).

Best,
J. Howard


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