Legacy of the Teacher Who Made Students Stand and Deliver

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escalante.jpgIn 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.

Credits

Guests:
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

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Darrell Satzman