Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Matt Damon Is an Education-Loving Crybaby

So, last weekend, there was a Save Our Schools march in DC while the administration conspired with Congress to cut education funding, and one of the speakers was Matt Damon because James Franco Matt Damon. Afterwards, Reason.TV caught up with Damon and his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, then stitched together footage of Damon knocking down rightwing talking points and a clip of him crying in a movie, because obviously you are a BIG CRYBABY if you defend teachers. Oy.

Female Reporter: In acting, there isn't job security, right? There's an incentive to work hard and be a better actor, because you wanna have a job, so why isn't it like that for teachers?

Damon: You think job insecurity is what makes me work hard?

Reporter: Well, you have an incentive to work hard, but if there's job security—

Damon: I wanna be an actor. It's not an incentive, that's the thing. See, you take this MBA-style thinking, right? It's the problem with ed policy right now, is this intrinsically paternalistic view of problems that are much more complex than that. It's like saying that a teacher is gonna get lazy when they have tenure: A teacher wants to teach! I mean, why else would you take a SHITTY salary and really long hours and, and, and do that job, unless you really loved to do it?

[clip from Good Will Hunting in which Matt Damon is crying and hugging Robin Williams]

Male Cameraman (offscreen): Aren't ten percent bad, though? Ten percent of teachers are bad.

Carlsson-Paige: Where'd you get that number?

Cameraman: I don't know. Ten percent of people in any profession maybe should think of something else.

Damon: I— Well, okay, but, I mean, maybe you're a shitty cameraman. I don't know.
[H/T to Shaker GoldFishy.]