Jeb Bush Calls Matt Damon a Hypocrite

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Jeb Bush took to Twitter Monday night to accuse Matt Damon of limousine-liberal hypocrisy after the actor told the Guardian he would not be sending his children to public school.

The former Florida governor and possible presidential hopeful linked to a Breitbart.com article which highlighted the actor's well-known and impassioned speech at the "Save Our Schools" rally two years ago in Washington, D.C. In it, Damon, a vociferous opponent of tying teachers' pay and employment to standardized test scores, said he would not trade his public-school education "for anything" and lamented that the previous decade had been "horrible" for teachers.

"The next time you're feeling down or exhausted or unappreciated or at the end of your rope," he told the educators in the D.C. crowd. "The next time you turn on the TV and see yourself being called 'overpaid.' The next time you encounter some simple-minded punitive policy that has been driven into your life by some corporate reformer who has literally never taught anyone anything, please, please, please know that there are millions of us behind you."

Damon said ultimately he made the choice to send his four daughters to private schools because he wanted them to have an education that mirrored his own. "That kind of progressive education no longer exists in the public system," he said.

But Bush left anyone who was conscious in 2002 scratching their heads. That was the year he opposed an amendment to Florida's state constitution limiting class size in public schools. A small student-to-teacher ratio wasn't necessary to educate kids, he insisted, despite tons of evidence to the contrary. The rub? He did so while sending his own children to the prestigious 8-to-1-student-to-teacher ratioed Gulliver Prep in Miami.

Maybe, instead of criticizing Damon, he should take look at his own record and his own charter school, which was closed in 2008 after falling more than $1 million in debt. And instead of penalizing teachers, how about a grading scale for the fatally flawed corporate education reform movement?

Rumors are swirling about Bush running for president in 2016. If that happens, Bush's incredible disdain for public schools will surely be an issue.





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sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

Cant spin it!!


no matter what bill Bush didnt sign


DOESNT TAKE AWAY FROM THE LEFTIST HYPOCRISY displayed by Damon

Suzanne Rockwell
Suzanne Rockwell

Public schools are way behind private schools in curriculum, everyone should know that. Kids who transferred into our high school junior year had to take extra courses to catch up and a lot of them didn't even graduate. They had to go to summer school to get a diploma.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

It is unfortunate that thanks to the GOP screwing with the education system, kids just cant get a good education unless they can find a good private school, something most people cannot afford.

Jennifer Nanni
Jennifer Nanni

A celebrity sends his kid to private school? What shock.

Rosita Vee
Rosita Vee

And wasn't it Jeb Bush who brought in the FCAT, right after his brother Neil Bush formed a company to sell all the test prep materials to Florida's schools? What a family!

Rosita Vee
Rosita Vee

What? Jeb Bush's kids went to Gulliver...

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@smdrpepper 


yeah


go watch the latest with 3 black kids pounding on 1 white kid on the school bus


looks like if Obama had 3 more sons…..

janisl55
janisl55

No, in Florida it is a state constitutional RIGHT, guaranteed, for every child to receive a quality, free education.  And you can look that one up.  Jeb is his mother's child in his mistaken assumption of this criminal family's place in society!  He didn't have a clue how to govern Florida and he managed to alienate all Floridians in short order--even the Republicans in the Legislature.  They were all relieved the day he left office.  The problem is, Jeb thinks he is still a factor in decision making, thus his incessant gaffes like accusing the President of closing the U. S. embassy in the Vatican--which, no Jeb, did not happen!  Duh.  Would you please just go back to Texass and give all of us here in Florida a break?

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

@sweetliberty17761776 @smdrpepper What does that have anything to do with the topic on hand?  When I was a young kid I was routinely beaten up by white kids and I just happened to be white.  Lasted until I learned how to fight back and grew larger.  You are making no point whatsoever.

objectiveObjectifier
objectiveObjectifier

@sweetliberty17761776 @smdrpepper You're an idiot who has no concept of what qualifies as racism. Where is the evidence of your accusations of racism? Simply because kids of one skin color were beating up a kid of another? Is that how simple-minded you are? All this shows is your own fear of someone who's different, rather than any factual evidence of the motive(s) behind the three boys actions.

Furthermore, coming from a predominantly white school system in Indiana, I saw plenty of racism from white students toward black students. Trying to pull the "white people are in danger" card is sad. It shows how truly ignorant you are of the historical context of white America's treatment of non-white Americans, specifically those of African descent. Go back to school, child. Please, do not vote.

Ultimately, to address your obvious belief in Matt Damon's "hypocrisy," you need to actually show some evidence of contradictory actions in order to truly qualify this accusation. To do this, you have to refute the point Mr. Damon made regarding the inability for progressive education to take place within a damaged public school system (something that IS available still within the small student-to-teacher ratios of private schools). Personally, I value my public school education, and I'm intelligent enough to see the degradation that has taken place because of our failure to ensure that those in charge of teaching our children remain well taken care of. If you aren't educated enough to offer a valid argument, I suggest you crawl back to your hole and wait for when the politicians need you to crawl out and cast your meaningless vote.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

@sweetliberty17761776 @smdrpepper Perhaps you should go back to school.  You are not making any actual argument which probably means you would support Jeb.  He usually attracts those who are less than educated.

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