One interesting question: what has happened to Escalante's former students? Did they at least continue doing math or science? I have heard anecdotally that they did not. Don't know if that is true or not, but if it is, it's sad. Guy Brandenburg
"Barron, Alfred [PRI]" wrote:
> Jaime Escalente's story is well told in both the Mathews' book and the movie. > It's probably the only school movie not involving a football or HS prom as its > high point, or with East LA kids not involving a knifing or drug o.d. As for > his secret, as he put it "ganas". Roughly translated into English - the 'urge' > or 'desire' to do something. Though perhaps, it's more laced with passion, > that is the passion to want to learn (and > teach.)
> Now maybe that's a bit hard for most to swallow, but then again, it worked for > this guy. After all, he got these kids up to speed and after a while had them > doing calculus. Not bad for a poor district. So when people challenge me on > algebra for all 8th graders, I think of this guy and remember what he did.
Well, he didn't do it for everybody. That was beyond him. Just a much larger subset of the school population than anybody else. (Nothing to sneeze at, mind you, but not _everybody_.) Guy