'As a teacher, it is beyond disconcerting watching people discuss blowing up the work that you’ve devoted your life to, while they laugh and smile and yuk it up like the whole destruction of traditional public education is hilarious! The most disconcerting thing about the whole discussion is the jaunty, breezy, jolly, jokey tone of the whole business.'…. Last week, Diane Ravitch posted a link to Peter Greene's 'take-away' of the conference Knocking Out Yesterday’s Education Models,” celebrating the destruction of public education in New Orleans. The participants seemed gleeful - a 'wonderful opportunity to eliminate public education and start over'. Greene decided that it was his civic duty to listen to the entire panel discussion, and tries to understand the spirit of jollity in the discussion.