This review was written in 1998 as I launched my successful campaign for School Board.  It needs updating, but, no time!

Escalante: The Best Teacher in America by Jay Matthews

What has been done, can be done. Jaime Escalante, through enthusiasm, hard work, and sound teaching skills built a powerful Advanced Placement Calculus program with inner-city Hispanic students at Garfield High in Los Angeles. His students, even many who did not pass the AP exam, went on to successful college careers. The amazing thing is the opposition and criticism he endured and has endured from the education community (click here for more details). I’d like to believe that the Escalantes in Metro Schools would get more support, and I intend to see that they do!

Read Jay Matthews column in the Washington Post!


Copyright 1998, 199, 2000, 2001  by David N. Shearon