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Post time 2010-3-31 11:09:12 |Display all floors
Jaime Escalante, teacher who inspired 'Stand and Deliver,' dies  

LOS ANGELES — Jaime Escalante, the math teacher who transformed a tough East Los Angeles high school and inspired the movie Stand and Deliver, died Tuesday. He was 79.

Escalante died at his son's home near Sacramento, after battling bladder cancer for several years, family friend Keith Miller said.

An immigrant from Bolivia, he transformed Garfield High School by motivating struggling students to excel at advanced math and science. The school had more advanced placement calculus students than all but three other public high schools in the country.

Edward James Olmos played Escalante in the 1988 film based on his story.

"Jaime exposed one of the most dangerous myths of our time — that inner city students can't be expected to perform at the highest levels," Olmos said. "Because of him, that destructive idea has been shattered forever."

Escalante was a teacher in La Paz before he emigrated to the U.S. and had to study English at night for years to get his California teaching credentials.

At first he was discouraged by Garfield's "culture of low expectations, gang activity and administrative apathy," Miller said.

Gradually, he overhauled the school's math curriculum, requiring all students to take algebra while enabling those who were previously considered unteachable to master math and pass the advanced placement calculus test. He believed in his students and built their confidence.

Escalante left Garfield in 1991, taught at schools in Sacramento and retired to Bolivia in 2001.

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Post time 2010-3-31 13:01:11 |Display all floors

Nebula, teachers and farmers they are the most optimistic people on our society.
You give them a seed, they convert it on a loaf of bread.
You give them the soul of a child, they turn it into a reasoning man or woman

By coincidence.....
Farmers help us feed our bodies ... while teachers feed our souls.

I don't know Escalante. Never heard of him. I take your word for it. May he rest in peace.

If we all think alike, ... then nobody is thinking.

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Post time 2010-4-1 09:36:23 |Display all floors
There was actually a big memorial service out here when he died. As an epilogue, Garfield is still a good school.
"Justice prevails... evil justice."

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Post time 2010-9-6 06:09:04 |Display all floors
interesting went missing

wish he would take his face off his avatar -- he looks like a radio talk show idjit
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