Ivandrago: I find this confusing. You can't be an advocate of public schools if you send your kids to private schools? I'm an advocate of strong public schools, but I went to a private high school. Does that make me a hypocrite? Why does wanting everyone to get a good education regardless of wealth make me a hypocrite?
Without Fail: Actually, I believe Mr. Damon works for a living.
Hickory-smoked: Gee, I hope you have a good example of such an unjustified flipping out and aren't just fabricating narratives from your own lack of perception.
Mr. Eugenides: Karac: As for merit pay, here's a short list of things which contribute to how well a student does in class:how good the teacher ishow good last years teacher washow much the parents help out at homehow much the parents are able to help out at home, and how much time they spend working two jobswhether the kid got a good nights sleepwhether the kid got a decent mealhow good their neighborhood is - how much local tax dollars are able to be spent on the school districtIn short, there's a very large amount of factors - if not the majority of factors - which go into how well a child learns that are COMPLETELY out of the control of the teacher. And if it's out of their hands why should their pay be docked for it?Merit pay addresses the top two elements on your list. It give teachers a financial incentive to make sure the kids in their class do well.The "it doesn't do everything so we shouldn't do it at all" argument isn't very helpful.
tenpoundsofcheese: Kome: You don't think Damon pays taxes? Because, frankly, that is the only way for him to not have a stake in the efficacy of public schools, and therefore be a hypocrite.I don't think he pays his fair share.His hypocrisy comes from the disconnect of his preaching and his actions, not whether he is paying taxes.
tenpoundsofcheese: Just another Hollywood hypocrite, nothing surprising.
The Drawing Board: Sean Hannity argues for a strong national defense yet never served.
Debeo Summa Credo: Of course it does. If I'm being forced to chip in for pizza, I might as well grab a slice.
the opposite of charity is justice: Ah. the good ole' Rand-ian Social Security Manuever.
MattStafford: The argument that many libertarians would make is that it would be idiotic not to take advantage of a service that you are paying for. Basically - I disagree with this whole process, but unfortunately I pay taxes to fund the school, so I can avail myself of its use if I want to.
Matt Damon homeschools his children in his booth.
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