Damon: There's an answer [about how it's not impossible to fire a tenured teacher] from an expert [Damon's mother, a college professor of education who really is an expert] who says that that's not true, and you're not absorbing that information.
Reason "Reporter": OK, I was in school... she was a teacher, I was in school, so I know... I mean, I'm just as educated as she is. I saw...
Again: Matt Damon's mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed. D., is a professor of early childhood education:
Damon: [amazingly keeping his cool] But you're not.
Nancy Carlsson-Paige is a professor of early childhood education at Lesley University where she has taught teachers for more than 30 years, and was a founder of the University's Center for Peaceable Schools. Since the mid-1980's, Nancy has written and spoken extensively about the impact of violence, especially in the media, on children's lives and social development, and how children learn the skills for caring relationships and positive conflict resolution. She has written five books and numerous articles on media violence, conflict resolution, and peaceable classrooms and schools. Her most recent book is called Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids. Nancy is an advocate for policies and practices that promote children's well being and encourage skills and attitudes that further peace and nonviolence.And yet, according to this "journalist," anyone who has been to school knows as much about education as Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige.
In that spirit, I would like to announce to the following people that I know as much as they do:
- Paul Krugman, Princeton Professor of Economics: You may have a Nobel Prize, but I've paid in cash.
- Stephen Hawking, Cambridge Professor of Theoretical Physics: You may have shown that Quantum Physics and General Relativity need to be unified, but I once rode the roller-coaster at Space Mountain.
- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Professor of African America Studies at Harvard: Hey, I saw "Roots."
- Thomas Arthur Steitz, Yale University Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry: Once, when I was a kid, I made this volcano with baking soda and vinegar...
Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics at MIT: You came up with "The media is the message," but I saw Annie Hall:[I'm an idiot! I meant Marshall McLuhan! Professor at Toronto and Fordham. Duh! I admit, I was just looking for an excuse to post this clip.]
We live in a deeply, deeply anti-intellectual time; no wonder we treat teachers like crap. And no wonder our economy's a mess, the planet is burning up, and stupid people with microphones embarrassing themselves are proliferating on the web.
I really do think our only hope is massive doses of mocking.