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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Awkward. And ineffective.

Last week a member of the Ramsey Board of Education wrote an Op-Ed piece in the Bergen Record, complaining about budget caps and teacher salaries. Today the NJEA rep for the Ramsey teachers' union wrote to contradict a lot of what the Board of Ed guy had to say. Both featured a lot of spin and nothing really helpful or informative for parents and citizens of Ramsey.

I'm all for freedom of speech and public discourse. I love letters to the editor as one of the most important tools in a democracy. But this kind of public bickering-by-column of school officials just rubs me the wrong way. There's something dysfunctional about it, no?

I don't know...maybe if I was in their position, I might want to do something similar. I do have a tendency to want the last word in an argument. Or to "clarify" the other party's "misstatements." But I can't help but think this little exercise on the editorial page was just a waste of time.

Now if they each had their own blog...

still searching for online links to these two editorials...will post if I can track them down.

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