Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stand & Deliver, RIP

The inspiration for Stand & Deliver

I am saddened today to hear of the death of Jaime Escalante, the real-life teacher who inspired the movie, Stand & Deliver, starring Edward James Olmos.

To read Mr. Escalante's obituary in the New York Times is to realize that heroism comes in many forms, not just the kind that earn medals. Born in Bolivia, Mr. Escalante immigrated to the U.S., got himself educated, and became an innovative math teacher whose success was so revolutionary that, at first, he was suspected of cheating.

Watch the movie. Read the book by Jay Matthews. Then go out and do as Jaime did: Work hard, and make a positive difference.

Here's to you, Mr. Escalante. May the shining example of your life live on in our memories forever. Rest in peace.

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