Matt Damon is a Hypocrite. I am very disappointed.

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    Aug 06, 2013 1:41 PM GMT
    I think he is a very good actor and always thought he was very good on the issues as well as being concerned about the growing wealth gap between the rich and the poor but now this came out in the news that his kids go to a private school for the rich!

    "Sending our kids in my family to private school was a big, big, big deal. And it was a giant family discussion. But it was a circular conversation, really, because ultimately we don't have a choice. I mean, I pay for a private education and I'm trying to get the one that most matches the public education that I had, but that kind of progressive education no longer exists in the public system. It's unfair."

    He is talking about the Los Angeles public school system!

    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/aug/02/matt-damon-activist-star-elysium
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    Aug 06, 2013 1:57 PM GMT
    You're feeling hurt, angry and maybe even a little used right now.

    You need to get a bottle of tequila and watch his movie Glory Daze when he played the character of
    Edgar Pudwhacker.

    You need to go back to a time when you could still believe in Matt. Keep drinking.
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    Aug 06, 2013 4:03 PM GMT
    GoNYMets2012 saidI think he is a very good actor and always thought he was very good on the issues


    ROFL. Sure you did, SB, sure you did.icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Aug 06, 2013 4:27 PM GMT
    I never see why this is hypocritical. Is the argument that he "expects" other people to send their children to a state school? Surely he would have no expectation of other people. He could want the state system to be better but not think it is the best right now.
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    Aug 06, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
    Ohno saidI never see why this is hypocritical. Is the argument that he "expects" other people to send their children to a state school? Surely he would have no expectation of other people. He could want the state system to be better but not think it is the best right now.


    No, there's plenty of capacity in the private school system for everyone to go to private schools, and of course everyone can pay for it.

    Have you ever heard the term "lead by example?"
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    Aug 06, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    SouthBeach Sock/Troll account/posting.

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    Aug 06, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    failscarf said
    GoNYMets2012 said
    Ohno saidI never see why this is hypocritical. Is the argument that he "expects" other people to send their children to a state school? Surely he would have no expectation of other people. He could want the state system to be better but not think it is the best right now.


    No, there's plenty of capacity in the private school system for everyone to go to private schools, and of course everyone can pay for it.

    Have you ever heard the term "lead by example?"


    Then what's your point exactly?


    Trying to make libruls look bad.
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    Aug 06, 2013 6:20 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidSouthBeach Sock/Troll account/posting.

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    I am not from South Beach, I am from Brighton Beach if you want to get specific about it. And if anyone looks like a troll it is you but if I looked like you I guess I wouldn't have any mirrors in the house.
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    Aug 07, 2013 12:56 AM GMT
    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/aug/02/matt-damon-activist-star-elysium

    There are some good public school districts in LA County. You just have to know where to find them. However, they best school districts are normally in wealthier areas.

    San Marino is always rated near the top.
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    Aug 07, 2013 1:19 AM GMT
    metta8 saidhttp://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/aug/02/matt-damon-activist-star-elysium

    There are some good public school districts in LA County. You just have to know where to find them. However, they best school districts are normally in wealthier areas.

    San Marino is always rated near the top.


    It just sounded like a phony excuse to me. Thank you for posting this. It is very upsetting that here is someone who is preaching the value of the public schools and apparently they aren't good enough for his kids even though they most likely will be living in a wealthy district. This double standard is really troubling.
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    Aug 07, 2013 1:22 AM GMT
    OP is SB. That explains a lot.
  • metta

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    Aug 07, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    That he is new to the area, he probably did not know which schools are good which are bad. He probably asked friends and his friends probably recommended some private schools for him.

    I don't have a problem with that. People need to make decisions based on what is best for them. I don't know where he lives. Maybe he lives in an area where the public schools are not very good.

    I went to both and I actually like public schools better. I remember when I was about to start high school, my parents wanted me to go to a private school and I told them that I didn't want to. It was so much farther and it was all boys, and Catholic....my family is not even Catholic. The public school I went to was a good school as well. Not rated as high as San Marino, but it was good and it has a beautiful open campus.

    With the San Marino School district, there are people that spend millions of dollars so that their kids can go to public school there. Some people from Asia buy multi million dollar homes for cash, get a luxury car for their kid, and hire a caretaker while they stay in their home country taking care of their business. They have the best ESL program. No private school can beat it. It is an extremely competitive school district where every child has a private tutor. Parents donate tons of money to keep the standards high and they get very involved in their children's education.

    The city that I live in now, the schools are terrible. There is only one Distinguished School (in the top 400 in the State). If I had children, I would not send them to the local public schools. I would drive them over to the next city or send them to private school. That does not mean that I'm against public schools. To be a good school district is complicated. I don't think it is possible to have a good school district unless you have parents that are involved in it. I live in a city with a lot of very poor immigrants. And they do not tend to get as involved in their childrens education as other districts.
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    Aug 07, 2013 1:37 AM GMT
    When you're a father and deciding what is best for children and what you can afford, you can judge.
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    Aug 07, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    So celebrities shouldn't provide the best possible educational and networking opportunities for their children to make a point? Sometimes it's these very people, the wealthy and their children, that begin, underwrite and continually support charitable foundations and promote worthwhile causes.
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    Aug 07, 2013 2:27 AM GMT
    It's also important to keep each child's individual needs and learning styles in mind. Some kids thrive in smaller class settings, while others may need a larger class size.
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    Aug 07, 2013 2:21 PM GMT
    metta8 saidThat he is new to the area, he probably did not know which schools are good which are bad. He probably asked friends and his friends probably recommended some private schools for him.


    There's an awful lot of assuming going on in your statement. There's also an awful lot of excuses being made for him in your statement.

    Anyway, he stated that the public schools "were not Progressive enough" as the reason why he is sending his kids to private school.


    metta8 said
    I don't have a problem with that. People need to make decisions based on what is best for them. I don't know where he lives. Maybe he lives in an area where the public schools are not very good.


    If people make a decision to vote for someone who will not increase their taxes because that is what is "best for them" that person is labeled as "selfish" and "greedy" so where is your condemnation of Matt Damon for doing what he has decided is "best" for him even though it is completely the opposite of what he has stated for years which is that he believes everyone should go to public schools? All I'm seeing is excuses being made for him and a whole lot of suppositions about his reasons for sending his kids to private school in Los Angeles County.
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    Aug 07, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
    I see your point. I think Matt Damon should resign.
    Alec Baldwin should also leave the Senate because he says bad words.

    Congressman Ted Nugent and Senator Elizabeth Hasselbeck need to go too.
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    Aug 07, 2013 6:12 PM GMT
    Timbales saidWhen you're a father and deciding what is best for children and what you can afford, you can judge.


    What a novel idea. Maybe you can explain to me why Liberals/Progressives don't feel the same way when conservative parents put their children in private schools for the opposite reason (public schools are too Progressive and politicize our children), not to mention the fact that they continually graduate students that are functionally illiterate ?
    In these very pages I've been attacked as a heartless 1%er elitist for enrolling my sons in private schools for many of the same reasons people here are using to excuse Matt Damon's behaviour. The difference between Matt Damon and me is that I haven't given any speeches against school choice, I haven't publicly come out in favor of the teacher's unions, I have never said what a great job the public education system is doing, all of which Matt Damon has done in the not too distant past.
    I am a father deciding what is best for my children and what I can afford, yet I don't get the same pass as a Liberal/Progressive like Matt Damon does from Liberal/Progressives. Maybe Liberal/Progressives should also take your advice.
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    Timbales saidWhen you're a father and deciding what is best for children and what you can afford, you can judge.


    What a novel idea. Maybe you can explain to me why Liberals/Progressives don't feel the same way when conservative parents put their children in private schools for the opposite reason (public schools are too Progressive and politicize our children), not to mention the fact that they continually graduate students that are functionally illiterate ?
    In these very pages I've been attacked as a heartless 1%er elitist for enrolling my sons in private schools for many of the same reasons people here are using to excuse Matt Damon's behaviour. The difference between Matt Damon and me is that I haven't given any speeches against school choice, I haven't publicly come out in favor of the teacher's unions, I have never said what a great job the public education system is doing, all of which Matt Damon has done in the not too distant past.
    I am a father deciding what is best for my children and what I can afford, yet I don't get the same pass as a Liberal/Progressive like Matt Damon does from Liberal/Progressives. Maybe Liberal/Progressives should also take your advice.

    You and the rest know the answer to that. There is a double standard and many are too dishonest to admit it.
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    Timbales saidWhen you're a father and deciding what is best for children and what you can afford, you can judge.


    What a novel idea. Maybe you can explain to me why Liberals/Progressives don't feel the same way when conservative parents put their children in private schools for the opposite reason (public schools are too Progressive and politicize our children), not to mention the fact that they continually graduate students that are functionally illiterate ?
    In these very pages I've been attacked as a heartless 1%er elitist for enrolling my sons in private schools for many of the same reasons people here are using to excuse Matt Damon's behaviour. The difference between Matt Damon and me is that I haven't given any speeches against school choice, I haven't publicly come out in favor of the teacher's unions, I have never said what a great job the public education system is doing, all of which Matt Damon has done in the not too distant past.
    I am a father deciding what is best for my children and what I can afford, yet I don't get the same pass as a Liberal/Progressive like Matt Damon does from Liberal/Progressives. Maybe Liberal/Progressives should also take your advice.


    Unless Timbales was the specific person who criticized you, no one is being hypocritical. One person is not interchangeable with another.

    That said, I have no problem with anyone deciding to send his kids to private school, no matter his politics.
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    Aug 07, 2013 6:30 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidSo celebrities shouldn't provide the best possible educational and networking opportunities for their children to make a point?
    So this is where I've been going wrong, I need to be a celebrity in order to make the decision to "provide the best possible educational and networking opportunities" for my children? Would it matter if I were a Liberal/Progressive celebrity or a conservative celebrity?


    Sometimes it's these very people, the wealthy and their children, that begin, underwrite and continually support charitable foundations and promote worthwhile causes.

    Interesting that you would say this. As a conservative, I've been attacked in these forums as a delussional elitist for saying the exact same thing. Does this also only apply to wealthy Liberal/Progressives? Or is it only Liberal/Progressive causes that are "worthwhile"?

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    Aug 07, 2013 7:19 PM GMT
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    shybuffguy said
    Timbales saidWhen you're a father and deciding what is best for children and what you can afford, you can judge.


    What a novel idea. Maybe you can explain to me why Liberals/Progressives don't feel the same way when conservative parents put their children in private schools for the opposite reason (public schools are too Progressive and politicize our children), not to mention the fact that they continually graduate students that are functionally illiterate ?
    In these very pages I've been attacked as a heartless 1%er elitist for enrolling my sons in private schools for many of the same reasons people here are using to excuse Matt Damon's behaviour. The difference between Matt Damon and me is that I haven't given any speeches against school choice, I haven't publicly come out in favor of the teacher's unions, I have never said what a great job the public education system is doing, all of which Matt Damon has done in the not too distant past.
    I am a father deciding what is best for my children and what I can afford, yet I don't get the same pass as a Liberal/Progressive like Matt Damon does from Liberal/Progressives. Maybe Liberal/Progressives should also take your advice.


    Unless Timbales was the specific person who criticized you, no one is being hypocritical. One person is not interchangeable with another.

    That said, I have no problem with anyone deciding to send his kids to private school, no matter his politics.



    With all due respect, I never once mentioned anyone being hypocritical, nor did I interchange one person for another. What I did, was ask a question and then state facts. Did he not invite those of us with children to judge?

    While you may not have a problem with anyone deciding to send their child to a private school,I dare say that your response as well as most of the others responding here would be less supportive and civil were the title of this thread "Glenn Beck sends his children to Sidwell Friends private school" .
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    Aug 07, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
    You know if you can not afford to send your kids to private schools, yet you would want them to go to one. Then Don't breed them. matt has worked hard, and been successful, and if he can afford to send his kids to exclusive schools, good on him.
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    Aug 07, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    "Glenn Beck sends his children to Sidwell Friends private school"

    Too bad that's not true. Instead they're probably being homeschooled by whacko nannies.