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"Stand and Deliver": Leading Through Hardship

The movie Stand and Deliver is based on the true story of Jaime Escalante, a math teacher who, through creative teaching techniques, discipline, compassion, and humor, awakens the potential of a group of inner city Latinos. In 1982, Escalante (Edward James Olmos) leaves a good-paying job as a computer engineer to become a math teacher at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. During his first year, 18 students willingly give up their Saturdays and vacations to ...

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