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Matt Damon RIPS Reporter

DON'T INSULT TEACHERS

8/2/2011 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Matt Damon channeled the spirit of Will Hunting this weekend at an education rally in DC -- unapologetically OWNING a hapless reporter, who implied teachers are ONLY motivated by fear of losing their jobs. 

How do you like them apples?

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some guy    

Hmmm... intrinsically paternalistic. So... Matt, are you saying you'd like to see a matriarchal society where women are in charge? Like a woman President?

Interesting... I wouldn't vote for a President just b/c she was a woman, though.

...What about PMS? Can she handle that or is she gonna be bitchy for three days? Maybe a menopausal chick would be best.

1123 days ago
32.

jdr    

Our school system is actually getting worse and people are acting like teachers should be getting raises. I am not for standardized test (the standards are going to be made by politicians who don't know anything) but these unions are bad news.

1123 days ago
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J    

What if the kid in the background with the orange shirt yelled "You Just Got Served!"

#lulz

1123 days ago
34.

Anon    

Way to go Matt Damon!!! This comes from the whole right wing hate against education. The cameraman should definitely find a new career - bottom 10% indeed.

1123 days ago
35.

Scott    

You are truly a class act Matt Damon!

1123 days ago
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J    

I mean honestly lets give the guy a break. I'm glad that people have intelligent arguments no matter what side your on.

Do you realize the kind of answer Kate Hudson, or Miley Cirus would have given?

Bravo Matt. Most of us are fighting the good fight....

1123 days ago
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Johnny 5    

Way to go, Matt. That female reporter sounds like she's related to George W. Bush. Teacher's don't do it for the money; they do it because they think helping others is noble and time well spent. That's true for the majority of teachers. Even if 10 percent of them are poor at their job, they're still vastly underpaid and underappreciated. To the guy(s) who says teachers make $75,000 you are WAY off. A starting salary in the U.S. hovers between $28K and $32K depending on location. After 15 or 20 years they will be lucky to be earning $42,000 before taxes. And if you think teaching is easy sit in on a junior high class some day -- you'll be singing a different tune when the day is over. The only educational professional who would make $70 grand a year is a 65+ year old tenured college or university professor, but most never earn that much -- or last that long.

1123 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Matt Damon is becoming the newer nuttier Tom Cruise.

1123 days ago
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LaurieB    

I feel sorry for all these people posting. It looks like most of you never had the joy to have a good teacher in your life.

My mother was a public school elementary school teacher for 30 years. I do not remember a day where my mother left for work after 6 30 am or came home before 5 30 pm, so the idea that the hours are short is simply ridiculous. Not to mention teachers are given little to no planning time during the day. Instead their planning time turns into recess duty, lunch duty, or bus duty. So every night after my mother came home she spend 2-3 hours grading and planning.

It disgusts me that there was actually a teacher on her arguing that the job is part time, her children are significantly impaired if she is spending no time planning for them.

Teaching is a profession that people have lost passion for because it is not supported properly. Give our teachers the resources they need to help our children grow and then you will find teachers who truly have a love of teaching.

1123 days ago
40.

Jen    

Only non-teachers think it's a cushy job! I think everyone should have to work a week in a classroom before they have an opinion. I GUARANTEE they wouldn't think it was easy!

1123 days ago
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danjong    

He just feels guilty for making mil$$ doing nothing but bad acting. Not a very smart man....

1123 days ago
42.

Ghost Rider    

Muggle schools are not for everyone.

1123 days ago
43.

Emerson    

If you like muffins thank a baker. Free lifetime jobs and medical benefits for bakers!

1123 days ago
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gutsygirl    

As a veteran teacher, I appreciate Mr. Damon's defense of our chosen profession. I also like the fact that he admits regret for voting for Obama. Takes a big man to own up.

1123 days ago
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jessup    

Matt Dammon told people to vote for Obama. Now the country is a mess! Oh his movies have tanked since he started to opening his mouth. He lost his Republican fan base. :-) Maybe the teachers union can help him save his career. Not!

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