Education: Jaime Escalanta (Bolivia) - ABC 8NEWS - WRIC | Richmond, Virginia News & Weather

Education: Jaime Escalanta (Bolivia)

Jamie Escalante was born in LaPaz, Bolivia and emigrated to the United States in 1964.

After teaching mathematics in Bolivia, he studied at the University of Puerto Rico and arrived in Los Angeles unable to speak English. After learning the language and earning his teaching credentials, Escalante began teaching math in an inner-city high school in East Los Angeles. He defied the low expectations of his principals and colleagues, successfully teaching advanced placement alegbra to students with no record of classroom interest or academic success.

In 1979, Escalante began teaching calculus, challenging his students with an advanced placement course. In 1982, 14 of his students passed the rigorous AP exam, and Escalante's career became the subject of a popular film, "Stand And Deliver." His story also became the topic of a 1988 book, a biography titled "Escalante: The Best Teacher in America."

 

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow

301 Arboretum Place, Richmond
VA, 23236

Telephone: 804.330.8888
Fax: 804.330.8881
Email: news@wric.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.