What was the movie "Stand And Deliver" about?

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In the movie “Stand and Deliver,” the story of Jaime Escalante who taught at the inner city school of Garfield High in East Los Angeles was brought to the big screen.  Mr. Escalante was a teacher who believed that every student could learn if given the right motivation.  His successes...

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In the movie “Stand and Deliver,” the story of Jaime Escalante who taught at the inner city school of Garfield High in East Los Angeles was brought to the big screen.  Mr. Escalante was a teacher who believed that every student could learn if given the right motivation.  His successes and hardships were dramatized through the use of this film.  During the 1980s, Escalante, a role model for many of us that were in education classes at that time, took a group of low functioning unsuccessful students and taught them calculus.  He was at a poor public school that received none of the funding or benefits of the richer private schools; yet, he successfully taught and had many of his students pass the AP Calculus test.  As we see in the movie, the state questioned the validity of the testing and insisted that the students retake the test.    His methods were unconventional and this got a lot of teachers and administrators angry.  His style of meeting the student’s needs and demanding 100% participation in his program were a bit too much for many to agree with.  He went these kids’ homes, had them in his home and became involved on a personal level.  It is questionable as to whether or not his methods would work in most communities.  If I started going into my student’s homes and demanding that they stay after school, come in early, and follow my program without question I would probably be fired in today’s educational systems.

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