A passionate, civil discussion took place, about, among other things, the purpose of public schools.
Governor Christie is bright, charming, and well-versed in educational policy. I expected nothing less. His message to us was consistent with his public statements. Mr. Cerf, likewise, knows his stuff.
For those of us still holding the quaint notion that a functioning democracy requires truly public spaces, truly public schools, truly informed citizens, a smidgen more idealism (and a lot less elitism), well, I failed to make any change in the destructive path Jersey's following, though I did get to show the Governor a blister I got clamming on public waters.
And yes, I get the irony of pushing for public schools while immersed in a private meeting.
The other irony? It's not what's happening inside schools that creates the huge inequities we see, and ultimately it's what's happening outside our walls that determines the success of our students.
The "storied pomp" are killing the rest of us.
Maybe our next meeting should be in a boardroom at
CitiGroup, home of the Plutonomists, their word, not mine.