Matt Damon Defends Teachers: “A Teacher Wants to Teach” [VIDEO]


Matt Damon provides an eloquent explanation of why teachers teach — and it’s not for the pay. Listen to him explain to the Libertarian Reason TV reporter how they are hurting education.

Caution, moderate swearing, so not safe for work.

Video screen grab


SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

And NO, the USA certainly was not built on the current educational system that has been gaining popularity for the past 20 years or so. There was a time when teachers were respected professionals: now they are forced to babysit and make A's worthless by throwing them out like trash to almost everyone who demands it. We seem to be on a slippery slope.

*Excuse my typos, etc. in my previous post as I tend to type my responses quickly and immediately after reading an article. I also have not hired a proofreader to go over my comments. ;-)

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

I totally sympathize with your comments Gloria H and Edith B, which indirectly means I also agree with Matt Damon. The teachers are NOT the problem in America, it is the attitude of the students and the politics of the weak-willed who refuse to stand up to whiney students and parents. It's a very sad situation where teachers have to constantly worry about being put on trial for being firm and doing a good job. Of the 30 top industrialized nations in the world, the US ranks in the mid to lower 20s in both science and math. YET, the students are number 1 in believing they are the best in science in math. What does that tell you about our delusional our state of affairs? There are plenty of good students out there, but unfortunately for some reason, the poor students are usually the loudest and most aggressive. I've taught college classes when I've had to, and I can honestly tell you that I would rather work at a fast food restaurant than ever have to put up with the BS many teachers are putting up with on a daily basis. You either have to sell-out to patronize the elements of the system or else resign yourself to a career of harassment from both students and administrators. It's really pathetic what education in our country has been reduced to - is it any wonder why we have such an epidemic of ignorance contrary to our standing as the most powerful nation in the world? And NO, the USA certainly had a different approach to education when it was building to become great

Tom Y.
Tom Y6 years ago

I thought Damon's "eloquence" suffered the longer he spoke. And there's no way he's going to win persuasively by resorting to a "maybe you're a--" personal slam at someone he's just met.

Edith B.
Edith B6 years ago

My sister entered the teaching profession full of enthusiasm because she loved kids and wanted to teach. After 25 years, she had been reduced to a baby sitter due to the system that wants thekids to learn "what is on the tests" and parents who didn't care if their children learned or not, as long as their self esteem wasn't affected. She retired this year because she couldn't take the pressures and feelings of defeat anymore.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Thank you Matt. Teachers who love the profession are valuable, constantly recreate themselves, and are willing to grow. If possible, teachers who burn out should step away from the job so they can recharge and decide where their gifts are most needed in that moment.

Sandra B.
Sandra B.6 years ago

Teachers do want to teach instead they are called lazy and the problem, that is tough work.
They have students who don't have hot meals, bad home environment, both parents have to work, and some go out and buy the supplies they need for the classroom because we keep cutting our funding.
Who are we America, we use to want to make sure we had the best teachers and they educated our kids so we could be number one in the world of new technology, now we are near the bottom in everything, because we continue to cut funding so we can turn our education system into a way of making a profit with Privatizing our education system

Mark R.
Mark R6 years ago

Good goin' Damon. What dumb reporter and dumber cameraman.

myra d.
myra d6 years ago

What a silly reporter. Teachers should be revered. The bad ones, and there are a lot of them should be FIRED. Our society is so upside down.

John B.
John B6 years ago

Teachers are unfortunately human beings and there are some who are fantastic, great, good, average, poor and bloody awful.
The overall problem in education is not the teachers it is the system which caters to the lowest common denominator in the course room. The educational level of a child today who completes elementary school is the equivalent of about grade 2 when I was a child. School has become a place to park children and negate a child's basic curiosity. Kids are becoming stupider from a system that it inhibits their desire to learn. With a really good teacher you can negate a portion of the negative effects of this system but think of the poor kids who only have an average teacher or below.

Mitch D.
Mitch D6 years ago

"Maybe you're a shitty cameraman..." ... where is the rest of this awesome retort? Damon rocks! He is an excellent actor and an even better human being it seems!