Jaime Escalante

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Bringing it into the Classroom!As a math teacher, I personally have been influence by Escalante. I try my best to implement his idea of making math relevant to students and to believe in every single one of our students. If they don't understand one way, I try to find another way so they could understand.Contributions Approach: On the anniversary death of Escalante, March 30 (or a school day near that date) read Jaime Escalante: Inspirational Math Teacher by Anne Schraff (or parts of it) to students.The Additive Approach: Students will be asked to teach the concept that we are currently learning, or a concept that we have already learn to a partner, in the same approach/philosophy that Jaime Escalante would of taught it. Have students teach to one another through Escalante's perspective. Students will reflect on whether making math relevant help the other student learn.The Transformational Approach: Students will explore the issue of the shortage of Latinos in math and science. Students will explore the point in which the majority of Latinos start failing math, and discuss possible reasons why them occurs.The Social Action Approach: Students will look into organizations that support Latinos in math and science fields and get involve in them. Students will look into programs that support Latinos in math and science fields (such as Upward Bound Math and Science, The M.I.S.S program). Students will make a list and reference sheet of these organizations and programs for future references. Students will commit to one of these programs/organization. fields and get involve.

Insparation beyond the Latin@ YouthEscalante inspired many Latinos to believe and achieve. He set high expectations for a low achieving minority group, when no one else believed in them. This inspirational movement brought attention to the notion that low achieving Latino students can succeed if the teacher simply believes in them and invest time in them. Escalante gave Latinos hope in education, specifically in math. However, this was not easy to do. In an interview he states that in his first year of teaching he became frustrated that students did not know multiplication facts and could not deal with fractions. Instead of blaming the students, he blamed himself. Escalante corrected his mistakes as a teacher, and every year after that he evaluated himself as a teacher to look for his mistakes and make changes to how he was teaching and the curriculum. Escalante made math tangible to these students. He made math approachable and possible, by using real life examples and relatable to them. "The teacher is the critical point." With this phrase, Escalante sends the message to America that teachers are responsible for student learning. Escalante gave the Latin@ youth an option of education. His impact to the Latino community exists today and his legacy still lives. At the end Escalante did more than just inspire, he fought against discrimination and for students' rights and education equality. Nationally he changed the view of low SES Latinos.

Who was Jaime Escalante? He was born in La Paz, Boliva on December 31, 1930. Raised by two teachers, Escalante followed his parents' footsteps and become a teacher himself. After teaching math and science in Bolivia for 11 years, he immigrated to the US at the age of 32 to follow the American Dream. He worked many odd jobs and taught himself English before he earned a college degree in Electronics from Pasadena Community College. In 1974 he became a teacher at Garfield High School in East L.A. There he took on the challenge of believing in Latinos, who lived through violence, gangs and drugs every day. Escalante challenged this group of Latinos to believe in themselves to learn A.P Calculus and take the A.P test. His first year only 2 students passed the test, a year later 7 students, and then 18 students the following year. That year the Educational Testing Service invalidated 14 scores because they felt the students cheated, 12 out of the 14 retook the test and passed with higher scores. Escalante's math program became successful for many years after. Because of this movement and expectations, Escalante gain national attention and became a national hero. He was recognized for his efforts and was awarded the United States Presidential Medal and the Andres Bello Award. Books were written about him and a movie was created.The movie Stand and Deliver portrays Escalante's story. Ironically in 1997, he became chairman of the "English for Children" campaign. He supported Proportion 227, whom Jose F. Moreno described to us last week as the proposition that “contribute to an antagonistic sociopolitical climate that fosters the racist practice of the de jure segregation era.” He died March 30, 2010.

Citations1. Jaime Escalante. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved July 13, 2014. http://www.biography.com/people/jaime-escalante-1893682. Jaime Escalante Biography. (n.d) bio.com Retrieved July 13, 2014 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0260119/bio3. Meek, Anne (1898, Feb). On Crating Ganas: A Conversation with Jaime Escalante. Retreive July 12, 2014. from ww.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el_198902_meek.pdf4. Mathews, Jay. ( 2010, March) Jaime Escalante dies at 79. Retreive July 12, 2014 from http://voices.washingtonpost.com/class-struggle/2010/03/jaime_escalante_dies_at_79.html5. Jaime A. Escalante, Honorary Chairman.Retreive July 12, 2014 from http://www.onenation.org/escalantebio.html


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