|Edward James Olmos with Jaime Escalante, the real-life inspiration|
for the character he played in "Stand and Deliver"
"Stand and Deliver" told the unbelievable story of a group of high school students in east Los Angeles who could barely do fractions. Then, a new teacher comes to school, a graduate of the same school and Hispanic like them. He not only teaches them math, but how to dream. They go from barely able to do fractions, to mastering calculus and writing an exam that gives them advanced college credit. It is based on the true story of Jaime Escalante, who turned barrio students into mathematicians.
|Edward James Olmos, abandoning his role as the stylish|
and well-groomed police commander on "Miami Vice" to
play the middle-aged math teacher Jaime Escalante.
He actually gained weight and underwent other physical
changes to play the role.
It’s one of a handful of movies about teachers making a difference in the world. It also showed math could be a way to a new life. Essentially, long before shows about geniuses like "The Big Bang Theory"made math cool, there was "Stand and Deliver". At the time I was an education student, and stories like this made me believe I made the right career choice.
“Just remember, I was a math major before ‘Stand and Deliver’ came out.” – Chris Vining
Those were the immortal words of my best friend in high school and roommate in university. I’d read a story and seen the movie poster of the movie “Stand and Deliver” in the Edmonton Journal in first year of university. I had made a mental note to see it when it hit the theatres.
|The movie poster that first peaked|
my interest in "Stand and Deliver"