He's merely saying conservatives have ideas, not that he agrees with them...or he'd have SAID that.
I thought he did.
The conservatives have their ideas, and many of them are good, such as charter schools and even vouchers.
"Good" isn't quite the same as "agree". But, in this context, it's pretty close.
And I'd submit that we agree with Peretz in principle that "this is about a wholesale revamping of teaching and learning". But I'd also agree with you that Peretz wouldn't agree with us about how to accomplish the revamping.
I'm afraid you are right. He writes as Biden talks, endlessly and to no point. He seems unable to escape from Marxism 101, the class struggle, which only he and his special friends know how to use for the benefit of mankind.
BTW, how many FReepers attend private dinner parties on the upper west side? Notice that he presumes everyone knows he is referring to NYC.
The man is a snob if not worse and certainly no insightful hero.