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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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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.
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!!!
Pedro
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excruciatingly inspiring. A must read for teachers.
Tamula
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great biography of an amazing teacher.
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