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Topic: Jake Scott's rap videos for math
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r!chard tchen

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Re: Jake Scott's rap videos for math
Posted: Jan 8, 2013 10:57 AM
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Thanks for the tip, Dave,

In September, Jake Scott started writing in to the Forum to update us about his growing video catalog ... never hinting at the background revealed in the _Washington Post_ article:

"Scott grew up the youngest of 17 children -- including four step siblings -- in what he recalls as a drug-plagued neighborhood of Capitol Heights. His mother was disabled by polio, and his father eventually went blind. From sixth to ninth grade, Scott's grade-point average was lower than a D. He was no stranger to out-of-school suspension. Tenth grade marked his turning point. First, Scott met Santo Chase, then a wrestling coach at Suitland High School and a major in the Army reserves. Chase was a disciplinarian, and Scott needed structure.... [Teacher] John Forrest helped him discover his passion for math. Scott had been an accountant of sorts for his father, whom he says lost all eyesight when Scott was 12. Forrest encouraged him. 'He kept it entertaining and inspired me,' Scott said."

And since the newspaper article does not offer a direct link ... if you haven't already, help yourself courtesy of the Forum's Internet Mathematics Library:
http://mathforum.org/library/view/75379.html

Appreciatively,

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