"[I]f I had to live my life again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week…The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature." --Charles Darwin
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Inspired and inspiring teacher gone
Jaime Escalante, who taught AP Calculus to inner city students who weren't supposed to be able to master arithmetic, died yesterday. If you haven't seen Stand and Deliver, or you haven't seen it in a long time, put it in your Netflix queue to remember why we do what we do.
Incidentally, there is a "rest of the story" as the late Paul Harvey would put it. Escalante's program faded and died because of the lack of continuing administrative and district support. Persistence may be the hardest accomplishment in education. Read about it here.