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Escalante: The Best Teacher in America

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Subject of many news stories, the hero of a major movie, Stand and Deliver, Jaime Escalante is an outstanding example of excellence and dedication, not only for the teaching profession, but for everyone concerned about education in America. This is the story of his entire career, including the development of the teaching techniques that got such brilliant results from the ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 1989 by Henry Holt & Co (P) - Owl Division (first published 1988)
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May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you've seen the movie "Stand and Deliver," you have a grip on what this book is about. It's the life story of Jaime Escalante who became famous for taking a failing school in East Los Angeles and churning out a high number of students who could pass the Advanced Placement Calculus exam.

It really boils down to him being a master teacher.

While his profile hit the national (international, really) spotlight when some of his students were accused of cheating during this exam, the part that dumbfou
Michael Goodine
Oct 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book describes how Jaime Escalante prepared underprivileged students in East Los Angeles to take the AP Calculus Exam in the 1970s and 80s. Escalante’s unique approach to this task yielded amazing (and unprecedented) results. I don’t know if his techniques would work forty years later, but this is a great book for anyone interested in teaching and in the value of standardized tests. It's also a great advertisement for the AP program, which continues to this day. Readers might also benefit f ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Grabbed this from an old book giveaway pile because it reminded me of my high school calculus teacher’s obsession with the movie. Was fun to learn more about the story, but I lost interest after that section (and book started to get pretty disjointed too).
Eduardo Soliz
Oct 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Please I like to read this book. I love this history. And it's imposible to obtain this book for me. I love maths and this history is an inspiración for me. Thanks. Eduardo from Argentina ...more
Oriyah Nitkin
The first half of the book was both interesting and relevant. If it had stopped there, I could have given it at least four stars, if not five. Escelante's teaching methods are often relevant(with sound tactics that can help to instruct a neophyte) though sometimes controversial. From a biographical point of view it was certainly informative. The second half seemed to drag on and felt almost pointless. Read parts 1 and 2 without 3 (I think that was the cutoff) and you'll be good to go. ...more
Victor McGuire
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you are a teacher you should have read this book. If not READ IT!! Against all odds Excalante takes a band of Hispanic students from LA that were cast offs and creates a math kings and queens... Very insirational!!!
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excruciatingly inspiring. A must read for teachers.
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great biography of an amazing teacher.
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