Town Hall Journal

"Stand and Deliver: Jaime Escalante at Town Hall LA"

When Hollywood filmed the amazing story of Jaime Escalante and his students at Los Angeles’ Garfield High School, charismatic actor Edward James Olmos was chosen to portray him. But when Escalante spoke at Town Hall Los Angeles in 1990, listeners found the man himself to be equally charismatic. His talk, delivered with feeling, insight and humor, conveyed the passion for learning and belief in his students that inspired hundreds of them to study after school and weekends to pass the daunting advanced placement calculus test – which nearly all of them did. In this special Town Hall Journal, we present Escalante’s talk nearly in its entirety. These days, as budgets shrink, class sizes grow and teachers struggle against all odds to prepare their students for the future, the teaching philosophies of the man who was called ‘America’s greatest teacher’ continue to resonate – and inspire.

When Hollywood filmed the amazing story of Jaime Escalante and his students at Los Angeles’ Garfield High School, charismatic actor Edward James Olmos was chosen to portray him. But when Escalante spoke at Town Hall Los Angeles in 1990, listeners found the man himself to be equally charismatic. His talk, delivered with feeling, insight and humor, conveyed the passion for learning and belief in his students that inspired hundreds of them to study after school and weekends to pass the daunting advanced placement calculus test – which nearly all of them did. In this special Town Hall Journal, we present Escalante’s talk nearly in its entirety. These days, as budgets shrink, class sizes grow and teachers struggle against all odds to prepare their students for the future, the teaching philosophies of the man who was called ‘America’s greatest teacher’ continue to resonate – and inspire.

Town Hall Speaker:
Jaime Escalante, Educator (1990)

Full transcripts of Town Hall programs are available. Please contact media@townhall-la.org; Subject line: Transcripts.


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