July 31st, 2011

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Save our Schools rally

  • Matt was the final speaker at the Save our Schools rally in Washington DC on Saturday, where he was introduced by his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige. Matt's well-received speech and Nancy's introduction is available at the Teacher Leaders Network and the text is at the Washington Post, including:

    I was raised by a teacher. My mother is a professor of early childhood education. And from the time I went to kindergarten through my senior year in high school, I went to public schools. I wouldn’t trade that education and experience for anything.

    I had incredible teachers. As I look at my life today, the things I value most about myself — my imagination, my love of acting, my passion for writing, my love of learning, my curiosity — all come from how I was parented and taught.

    And none of these qualities that I’ve just mentioned — none of these qualities that I prize so deeply, that have brought me so much joy, that have brought me so much professional success — none of these qualities that make me who I am ... can be tested.

  • Articles on the rally are available at Variety, Parents across America, Huffington Post, Think Progress, EdWeek, CNN, Washington Post and reason.org. Photos are from Education Week, Gotham Schools, Washington Post and Teacher Sabrina, with more at the Daily Mail.

  • An article about the Vancouver crew on Elysium.

    "District 9 was such a success partly because no one knew anything about it," says [editor Julian] Clarke. "They want to preserve the mystery of this show to similar ends."

  • Cameron Crowe has revealed that Sigur Ros singer Jonsi will be scoring We bought a zoo.