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50. STAND AND DELIVER (1988) SUBJECT: Jaime Escalante
Escalante taught the poor Latino kids that the L.A. school system had given up on, and transformed them into calculus whizzes. Whether negotiating with gangbangers or injecting humor and entertainment into his classroom, Edward James Olmos’ Escalante does what he has to do to connect with his students. —Jeff Labrecque
Image Credit: Everett Collection
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