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Damon loves teachers

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
August 1, 2011

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Actor Matt Damon (above), still hairless for the movie “Elysium,’’ flew from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Washington, D.C., on Saturday to speak at a rally for educators hosted by Save Our Schools. Damon told the crowd about his great experience attending public schools in Cambridge and about his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, who is a professor of early childhood education. Damon said, “I don’t know where I would be today if my teachers’ job security was based on how I performed on some standardized test.’’ He also offered this pep talk to educators: “This has been a horrible decade for teachers. I can’t imagine how demoralized you must feel. But I came here today to deliver an important message to you: As I get older, I appreciate more and more the teachers that I had growing up. And I’m not alone. There are millions of people just like me. . . . We love you, we thank you, and we will always have your back.’’ Gives you chills, right?