USPS Salutes Jaime Escalante with Stamp
The Fort Worth Post Office will salute Jaime Escalante, the east Los Angeles teacher known for using unconventional methods to inspire inner-city high school students to master calculus, with the special dedication of a new Forever Stamp on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The special dedication, requested by Rose Herrera and sponsored by the Artes de la Rosa, will be held at the Historic Rose Marine Theatre located at 1440 N. Main Street, Fort Worth TX, 76164.
The original stamp dedication ceremony was held on July 13 during the League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) 87th annual convention and exposition in Washington, DC.
“We are excited to showcase and celebrate the commitment of Mr. Escalante for ensuring education excellence to a challenged community of talented youth perfectly capable of taking advantage of the opportunity to learn,” said Fort Worth Postmaster Kevin Farmer.
Fame came to Escalante in an unexpected — and unfortunate — way. In 1982, 18 of his students took the advanced placement calculus exam and passed. Controversy followed when the testing service accused 14 students of cheating. Escalante suspected that the accusation of cheating was due to the fact that the students were Mexican-Americans from a low-income area of Los Angeles. The testing service denied the allegation and proposed a solution: that the 14 students retake the test. Twelve of the 14 took a different exam from the first, and all passed.
Escalante and his students became instant heroes in the fall of 1982 when the story broke in the news media and attracted the attention of Hollywood producer Tom Musca and director Ramón Menéndez. The movie “Stand and Deliver,” released in 1988, garnered good reviews and made Escalante one of the most famous teachers in America. In 1999, Escalante was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame for his efforts to “have children believe in their ability to achieve.”
Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts at the Rose Marine Theater
1440 N Main St, Fort Worth, 76164, TX, United States