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Matt Damon Protests With Teachers at ‘Save Our Schools March’

HollywoodNews.com: On Saturday in Washington D.C., 40-year-old Matt Damon rallied with teachers on a march to The White House. The ‘Bourne Identity’ star walked with teachers to protest the use of standardized tests.

The actor, whose mother was a teacher, “joined the Save Our Schools March to protest the use of standardized testing throughout the education system,” according to Radaronline.com.

At the rally, Matt recalled a time where he was faced with standardized tests. He commented: “My mom went to the principal’s office and said, ‘My kid ain’t taking that. It’s stupid, it won’t tell you anything and it’ll just make him nervous’.”

What do you think about Matt walking with the teachers?

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  • July 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    I want to personally give “thanks” to actor Matt Damon for standing up publicly on
    an issue he believes. His mother was a teacher, he learned from her opinions as a professional educator and stands by it. More people should stand-up and unite and not sit back and wait for someone else to do it for them. Again, thanks Matt for standing/speaking-up and being counted.

  • July 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Cry about it lol. Just because you count handle the pressure and your mommy was there to protect you doesn’t mean the rest of society feels the same way.

  • July 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    matt, stick to acting.

  • July 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Here you go sis.

  • July 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Matt is SO brilliant. Maybe NOT taking standardized tests, AND living next door to Howard Zinn helped him develop the thinking that led him to write Good Will Hunting. I wish he would run for president and be a true progressive in that job. He is used to big projects—films—and a high office would be something he could do amazingly well, if he wanted to.

  • July 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Matt proved to educators and parents in his comments at the march that he indeed has a deep understanding of the agenda behind so-called reform which is leaving many children behind in the corporate privatization efforts of Sec. Duncan’s dept. of educ.

    The public needs to seriously consider the reason why millions of public educ supporters along with educators across the nation have put their collective feet down. Never in the history of education have they been so adamant about a passing vogue. Corporate charters are closing the doors on our nation’s neediest and largest population and it will do interminable damage to our economy and our democracy. Should we really limit our creative options to a choice of A, B, C, or D? we are leading the world in entrepreneurship but want to stop teaching critical thinking skills in order to be able to measure that which cannot be measured purely with data?

  • July 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    good for matt for giving focus to an issue that should be talked about more.

    standardized tests do absolutely nothing for our youth.. all they do is prevent creative thinking and prevent teachers from having kids think outside the box.

    do people really think that these tests will help a kid do better in college, get a job out of high school ,or help give the skills needed to survive in today’s extremely competitive job market?

    the answer, is of course, no.

  • July 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Loki and Paul, chill maybe, just a bit… Nice work Matt”s mom!! Fortunately, not all people are the same..

  • July 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    No one with “critical thinking skills” would or could defend America’s overpriced and under-producing education monopoly.

    This system, with over 6 millions employees, is loaded up with over 3 million administrative and support staff. We have over 14,000 districts, which do nothing but create work for needless bureaucrats.

    Education needs to be cut. At $11,000 per kid per year, we are wasting money by the bucket load, and too little of it makes it into the classroom or to the child.

    It’s an employment program, not an education system. New Zealand gutted their bureaucracy-based system in the 80s, Sweden in the 90s, and the UK is in the process of doing the same. Don’t fall for this “we need more money” nonsense. They don’t need another dime. They need mass layoffs of deadwood.

    1. Fund children directly, not bureaucracies
    2. Disempower public employee cartels (union and adminstrative)
    3. Make every school independent, abolishing districts
    4. Hold principals accountable, and give them the power to run their school
    5. Hold every school to high, uniform, standards
    6. If the school staff can’t meet the standards, find an organization that can.

    Just gut this awful system.

    Don’t “save the school!” Just educate the children.

  • July 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    I am going to go out on a limb and guess Matt’s mom was not an English teacher. Her quote sounds like a 2nd graders comment. I’d be embarassed to have that in print if it was my mom.

  • August 1, 2011 | Permalink |

    Another in a long line of movie stars who by celebrity alone assume credability. They are very good at portraying ficticious characters who’s lives are created by a writer, so naturally they are experts on whatever they decide to talk about… I guess foreign policy experts Rossy O’Donald, and Bruce Springstein were busy so Matt stepped in.

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