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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Matt Damon Supports The Teachers

I never thought I would see the day when we would have to DEFEND the worth of our nations teachers. In a world where there are idiots making generalized negative comments about the lack of "good" teachers, I can say that I really have no idea what the hell they are talking about.

Before I explore this any further, I'd like to play this video which shows Matt Damon being interviewed by some vapid mouth-breather and her brain-dead camera man. Mr. Damon's mother (on the left) is a teacher, and asked her son to accompany her to a pro-education Save Our Schools march:

First of all, I want to thank Mr. Damon for what he was saying-- unfortunately the video is cut off, and I would love to hear the rest.

There are a flood of thoughts that I want to purge out of my fingers and onto this tiny Mac keyboard about people like that horrible "reporter", and others that have complained about how teachers have it easy, and they're lazy, and they get summers off so they don't have to work as hard as everyone else...Oh my God, I could freaking scream right now.

My mother taught for nearly 30 years in the Philadelphia school system. She was a teacher because she cared about kids-- particularly young, black kids. The only thing she cared about was making sure that the young kids that passed through her classroom left with a sense of self-worth, and had the tools that they needed to compete in a world that is constantly rallying against them. My mother (now retired as of this year) was a good teacher-- she was GREAT teacher. She was one of those teachers that her former students sought out YEARS after being in her classroom to thank her for being a great influence on them-- I've seen it. Aside from my mother, I have a few friends that teach. Let me tell you-- it's a THANKLESS job. The pay is horrible, you get little or no support, and you often times have to dip into YOUR OWN POCKET to make sure you have things like paper and pencils in your classroom for the kids! I've known teachers that have reached out to friends for donations of supplies so that they could have something for their kids! THIS is why people are morons in this country-- because WE DON'T CARE ABOUT EDUCATION!

The 90s were supposed to bring about something called "The Information Age" in the form of the internet. It was supposed to aggregate information for the masses on a scale unprecedented in our history! When I was a kid, and I wanted to know something, I had to go to the library, or look through a set of encyclopedias to get the information that I needed. In the 70s and the 80s, there was no internet-- there was no Google, or You Tube, or Twitter, or cell phones, or smart phones. A laptop was really a table top. The most powerful computers had 64k or 128k processors. To live in the world we live in today compared to what it was 20-30 years's like we're living in a science fiction movie. It's almost literally like Blade Runner...except for the flying cars. There is a WEALTH of knowledge out there to explore...and the only thing people seem to want to do with it is watch porn and videos of people fighting.

It's amazing to me how little most people know. No one seems to be interested in educating themselves. Why? Because people don't like to think. That's what they say, anyway-- they don't want to do the work. They want easy fixes to complicated problems. They want someone else to tell them what to think or how to feel. People always say that they are too busy-- too busy to read the news, too busy to write a novel, too busy to learn an instrument, too busy to make a film, too busy to do ANYTHING but eat, sleep, shit, and work. The problem isn't time...the problem is desire.

People don't want to improve themselves. They may say that they want to do things...but really, what are they doing to get themselves to that thing they want so much? It's a mountain of excuses as to why they can't do this, or do that, or read this, or learn that. The next thing they know, the world is passing them by. They get laid off, they vote for the wrong person (or not at all), they can't understand why their country is falling apart, they don't know why their kids are not doing well, they don't understand why foreigners are taking their jobs...all bullshit! If you pay attention, if you get educated, if you stop looking for easy answers to tough'd be surprised how far you could get.

Education is the cornerstone to solving every single one of the problems facing America and Americans today. When we disregard our educators, and blame them for a system that they are desperately trying to navigate, we are KILLING ourselves. Do you know how frustrating it is to work your ass off, fighting a constant uphill battle, with YOUR OWN PEOPLE AGAINST YOU DOING THE RIGHT THING...and with little or no appreciation, shitty pay, and yes, you may have your summers off...but you're probably going to either try to teach summer school, or get a second job. It's the painfully ignorant that think that teachers just sit on their asses, high on the hog, enjoying their summers, barely doing any work at all, leaving at 3:00pm to go shopping....all of those stupid, misinformed assumptions are made by people who-- ironically enough-- HAVE NO EDUCATION. They are the victims of the very system they malign, and for all the wrong reasons.

The sad thing is that this country is going to get worse. I hate to say it, but it is. People don't care about education. They don't want to learn. They don't want to work hard. They just want to sit on their asses and GET what they FEEL THEY DESERVE. And they are...they're getting a country full of dumb fucks that will get left behind while the rest of the world flies by them. I've said it once, and I'll say it 1,000,000 times...if you haven't seen "Idiocracy", see it. THAT is where our country is headed. And it is more frightening that anything you'll ever see.

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