A Crisis for Catholics; A Loss for Education
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Twenty-five years ago, LA's Garfield High School was turning the children of poor Latino immigrants into college-educated engineers, lawyers, doctors and corporate executives, thanks to Jaime Escalante, who died yesterday at the age of 79. Can his teaching strategies be replicated or was he one of a kind? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the scandal of sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests has exploded in Europe. Even the Vatican says that the moral authority of the church is at stake. Lay Catholics are asking the Pope himself to reveal what he knew, when he knew it and how he responded.
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Church Abuse Scandal Reaches Pope Benedict XVI ()
Revelations of pedophilia by priests and cover-ups by Roman Catholic authorities began in the US in 1985. Since then, they've spread worldwide, and this week questions have been raised about the actions of Pope Benedict XVI when he was Archbishop of Munich. The latest reports in Europe are from Italy, where three men say they were abused as boys at a Catholic school for the deaf.
- Rachel Donadio: Rome Bureau Chief, New York Times, @racheldonadio
- Joe Feuerherd: Publisher, National Catholic Reporter
- Diane Knight: Chair, US Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Review Board
- Jeff Anderson: Managing Partner, Jeff Anderson & Associates
Legacy of the Teacher Who Made Students Stand and Deliver ()
In 1988, the film Stand and Deliver made a celebrity out of a Bolivian-born calculus teacher at LA's Garfield High School. Edward James Olmos played the starring role of Jaime Escalante, who died yesterday of cancer at the age of 79. Jay Mathews was LA bureau chief for the Washington Post in those days, and he had written a book called Escalante: the Best Teacher in America. We remember this giant of education with Mathews, colleagues and former students.
- Jay Mathews: Staff Writer, Washington Post
- Sandra Munoz: former student of Jaime Escalante
- Javier Gonzalez: former student of Jaime Escalante
- Rafe Esquith: teacher, Hobart Elementary School
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