What's the Difference between Escalante: The Best Teacher in America the Book and Stand and Deliver the Movie?

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Escalante: The Best Teacher in America

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Released: 1989
Author: Jay Matthews

Stand and Deliver

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Released: 1988
Director: Ramon Menendez
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   Escalante's first AP class was in 1978, and it only had five students at its end. Escalante's first AP class was in 1982, with few dropouts.
   Jaime Escalante begins teaching at Garfield High School in 1974. Jaime Escalante begins teaching at Garfield High School in 1982.
   Several of Escalante's old students pressure him into giving him his car keys so they can repaint it at a reduced price. Escalante's students steal his car and paint it before returning it to him.
   No student who did not understand multiplication was taught calculus in a year, let alone pass the test. Students who did not know the multiplication tables at the beginning of the year nevertheless passed the AP test.
   Several teachers as well as the principal support Escalante's ambition to teach AP Calculus The staff nearly unanimously oppose Escalante's ambition to teach AP Calculus
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