Jaime Escalante

Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher who achieved national fame when his highly successful math class was dramatized in Stand and Deliver. After many fruitful years of prepping East Los Angeles teens for the Calculus AP test, Escalante retired to his native Bolivia. [1]

Escalante has described the film as "90% truth, 10%" drama. Points left out of the film:

  • it took him several years to achieve the kind of success shown in the film
  • in no case was a student who didn't know multiplication tables or fractions taught calculus in a single year

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