> Escalante teaches in my district in Sacramento. I have heard nothing positive > from his fellow teachers of whom I am a friend. He brings in grants and big > money but only to himslef, not to the district. I have no doubt that he made > a big impression in LA and did a lot for the kids he inspired. So do many > other teachers daily without grants and big money. His move to our district, > Sacramento City Unified, was supposed to be a miracle. ????Not yet. It think > it's part of the over dramatization of television and one mans > accomplishments. I hope that some good does come from his work in my > district. >
I read with interest the interview that someone kindly reprinted here. My impression was that he was surprisingly non-political for such a famous person. He's my idea of the typical hero teacher, trying to be effective in his small realm. But I only have an impression having never worked with the man.
What your friends are saying sounds like typical school system politics and petty jealousy... Sounds like they're mad at him for not sharing the money. You mentioned no fault in his work with students.
I've worked in school systems where giving a school district money would be like tossing it down the drain. It took me a lot of work and time to apply for grants, first small and then larger to develop the credibility to get more grants and win interesting jobs like the one I have now. And there are people who whine with jealousy rather than do what work lies before them.
Shame on you for perpetuating gossip. I guess large segments of any profession are like that.
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