Con to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"...I shudder to think that these [standardized] tests are being used today to control where funding goes.
I don’t know where I would be today if my teachers’ job security was based on how I performed on some standardized test. If their very survival as teachers was based not on whether I actually fell in love with the process of learning but rather if I could fill in the right bubble on a test. If they had to spend most of their time desperately drilling us and less time encouraging creativity and original ideas; less time knowing who we were, seeing our strengths and helping us realize our talents."
Address to Save Our Schools rally in Washington, DC, YouTube.com, July 30, 2011
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Board Member, Greendimes (anti-junk mail organization)
Co-Founder, Water.org (global safe drinking water organization)
Co-Nominee, National Education Association (NEA) Friend of Education Award, 2012 (nomination declined by nominees on Jan. 4, 2012)
Narrator, American Teacher (documentary), 2011
Actor, We Bought a Zoo (2011), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), True Grit (2010), Invictus (2009), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Good Shepherd (2006), The Departed (2006), Syriana (2005), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Identity (2002), Oceans Eleven (2001), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Saving Private Ryan (1997), Good Will Hunting (1997), and other films
Executive Producer, Running the Sahara (documentary, 2007), Project Greenlight (TV series, 2001-2005), and other films and TV programs
Recipient, star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2007
Co-Screenwriter, Gerry (2002) and Good Will Hunting (1997)
Co-Winner, Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, 1998
Damon's mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, is a professor of early childhood education at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
Legal name is Matthew Paige Damon
Born in Cambridge, MA on October 8, 1970
"Matt Damon and his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, have declined a nomination for the Friend of Education award from the National Education Association's Massachusetts arm -- because of the NEA's collaboration with Teach For America on a USA Today op-ed... The NEA and TFA have had a historically strained relationship as the NEA, the country's largest teachers union, has long opposed TFA and its practices." "Matt Damon, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Decline Education Award Nomination Over USA Today Op-Ed," HuffingtonPost.com, Jan. 5, 2012