Stand and Deliver Stand and Deliver is a movie about mathematics—yes, mathematics. It also features a most unusual movie hero: Yet this independently produced drama is as riveting and satisfying as the most cleverly plotted, edge-of-your-seat thriller. It is the fact-based story of Jaime Escalantea math teacher in an East Los Angeles barrio high school, brought brilliantly to life by Hispanic actor Edward James Olmos in an Oscar-nominated performance.
Henry believes they were only getting the education they were entitled to. Gradillas, still teaching at age 80 and passionate as ever about education, was principal there from until during a time of academic progress and achievement that has never been equaled.
Accusations of cheating at the school on the Educational Testing Service advanced placement calculus test made national headlines. Defenders claimed the ETS was merely prejudiced, unwilling to believe that Mexican-American kids whose parents were laborers and hotel maids could have scored so well on an exam aimed at high-achieving Anglos.
When every student who retook the test passed a second time, a legend was born. The film Stand and Deliver told the story of these students and their unorthodox calculus teacher, Jaime Escalante. The actor who portrayed Escalante, Edward James Olmos rightreceived an Oscar nomination for his role in the film and made the teacher an international celebrity.
The movie also introduced millions to the philosophy of a focused, passionate, sometimes controversial teacher who, against impossible odds, led teenagers from the barrios of East LA to triumph in one of the most demanding calculus tests in the country year after year.
Escalante, assisted by teachers Angelo Villavicencio and Ben Jimenez and supported by principal Gradillas, masterminded the program that educators have held up as a shining example of excellence ever since.
Seventy percent of the children were poor and 95 percent were black or Hispanic. Many of their parents were undocumented aliens who spoke little or no English and had never finished high school themselves.
And yet Escalante became one of the most famous and most admired teachers of his time by inspiring and cajoling students to excel regardless of their poor preparation in junior high; difficult home situations; inadequate study habits; drugs, gangs, and other daunting obstacles.
A passing Advanced Placement AP grade put them in an elite group of top performers, typically opening the door to prestigious colleges and earning college credit.
Building a Fast Track Though Escalante started teaching at Garfield init took four years to lay the groundwork, get the textbooks, and establish the curriculum before he reached his goal of offering AP calculus. Southern California was full of aerospace companies, aircraft makers, computer, and engineering, and manufacturing businesses eager to hire qualified young Latinos.
Escalante left knew he had kids who were up to the challenge. But between the basic consumer math most Garfield students learned and a mastery of calculus was a minefield of geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and mathematical analysis. Students arrived at Garfield entering the tenth grade it was a three-year high school without any of the fundamentals required to tackle higher math.
And these were kids who barely knew how to add and subtract. Understanding the absolute value of x—much less the second derivative of f—was a long way off. Jaime recruited students for his classes the way coaches recruited for sports.
He got word of kids who seemed to have an aptitude for numbers and lobbied them to join him. Finally, in he persuaded 14 students to take his inaugural calculus class and sit for the AP calculus exam the following spring. He scrounged copies of old AP test questions and prepared handouts from other sources.
He started his 8: Five made it to the end of the academic year and took the test. The next year nine students made it all the way through the year; six passed the test.
In15 took the test and 14 passed, including one with a 5, the highest possible score. Inthe year of the famous retest, 18 Garfield students took the math test and for the first time everyone passed. Shining Successes Jaime and his team shepherded hundreds of students through calculus and other higher math courses at Garfield in numbers unequalled before or since.
Many of them took and passed Advanced Placement tests. Some made it through the best colleges in America and went on to high-profile careers in teaching, science, engineering and other fields.
At one point almost half the teachers at Garfield were school alumni. Among the many bright careers launched by the Escalante program are: Erika Camacho leftnow a mathematics professor at Arizona State University.
Anthony Garcia, who received a degree in sports medicine from Cal Poly Pomona and is now a professional trainer.
Christopher Martinez, today an attorney with the U.
Securities and Exchange Commission. Bose helped pay for Escalante to spend Thanksgiving with them in Massachusetts. Professor Bose also had a standing offer to any Escalante graduate of admission to MIT all expenses paid. They were still better off, much better off, for having made that effort…. After his principal and key supporter, Henry Gradillas leftdeparted Garfield at the end of the school year the program lost some of its momentum.
The aggressive curriculum that prepared Garfield students for the AP test was modified to be less rigorous. Administration interest and support moved on to other things. Nine years later, five years after Escalante left Garfield, 11 students passed AP calculus.STAND and DELIVER- Unlike the rest of the teachers in this article, Jaime Escalante was a real person.
He taught mathematics in Los Angeles for 17 years and successfully motivated his students to study hard and perform well. Apr 02, · Jaime Escalante was ahead of his time.
And today, more than 30 years after the Bolivian-born math teacher put East Los Angeles' Garfield High School on the map by convening 14 students in his very first AP calculus class, the rest of the educational establishment is still trying to .
Stand and Deliver Teacher Jaime Escalante Dies Posted by timothy on Wednesday March 31, @PM from the national-hero dept. DesScorp writes " Jaime Escalante, the math teacher portrayed in the hit '80s movie Stand and Deliver, has died of cancer at age Mar 09, · Former students of Jaime Escalante, the math teacher portrayed in the movie Stand and Deliver, are raising money for the man who worked tirelessly to .
The Jaime Escalante Math Program Page 3 ===== the program is that the student wants to be a part of it and sincerely wants to learn math. Jaime Escalante's approach to teaching calculus in Stand and Deliver () which starred Edward James Olmos will be the subject of a US Stamp later this year.