matt damon on teachers


[Audio: English; Captions: None; Transcript: below]

Transcript courtesy of Kos. The article includes other clips and transcripts, including Matt’s recent speech (also spotted here: Matt Damon’s clear-headed speech to teachers rally)

Smug ReasonTV interviewer: “In acting, there isn’t any job security, right? There’s an incentive to work hard, to be a better actor, because you want to have a job…so why isn’t it like that for teachers?”

Matt Damon (w/his mother, a teacher, standing by his side): “You think job insecurity is what makes me work hard?”

Interviewer: “Well, there’s an incentive to work harder, but if there’s job security…”

Damon: “I want to be an actor. It’s not an incentive. That’s the thing. See, take this MBA-style thinking, right? It’s the problem with Ed policy right now. There’s this intrinsically paternalistic view of problems that are much more complex than that. It’s like saying 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 do that job…unless you really loved to do it?”

(cut to clip from Good Will Hunting…great flick, and I understand why they added it, but I didn’t think it was necessary)

(cut back)

Cameraman: “Aren’t 10 percent bad, though? 10% of teachers are bad…”

Damon’s Mom: “Where did you get that number?”

Cameraman: “I don’t know…10% of people in any profession maybe should think of something else.”

Damon: “Well, OK, but I mean, maybe you’re a shitty cameraman! I don’t know…”

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