“There will be no free rides, no excuses. You already have two strikes against you: your name and your complexion. Because of these two strikes, there are some people in this world who will assume that you know less than you do. Math is the great equalizer... When you go for a job, the person giving you that job will not want to hear your problems; ergo, neither do I. You're going to work harder here than you've ever worked anywhere else. And the only thing I ask from you is ganas. Desire.” Ramon Menendez (Stand and Deliver)
Stand and Deliver, a 1988 film directed by Ramon Menendez follows the true story of how teacher Jaime Escalante, played by Edward Olmos in his Oscar nominated role, takes a group of poverty stricken students in a run down school and defies the odds by not only getting them to learn but want to learn. Throughout the whole movie is the proof that being underprivileged does not mean less intelligent, Stand and Deliver shows that with hard work, the proper push, and desire, anything can be accomplished.
The film begins with a new teacher, Jaime Escalante, arriving to Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. On his first day he comes to find out that the computer science class he thought he was going to teach doesn't exist, because the school has no computers. In turn he is assigned to take over the general algebra class. From the beginning the film portrays the school as one on its downfall, and with students that are facing poverty. The class he receives is full of students who, according to other teachers at the school, are unintelligent and incapable of learning much of the material. Students cannot be expected to learn material when the teachers themselves do not believe in the stude...
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...out the idea of equal opportunity, and that no matter what, anyone can accomplish what they put their mind to.
The film Stand and Deliver gives us a true story of hard work and perseverance. The kids in this movie prove everyone wrong when they buckle down, give up their Saturdays, their summers, and in turn their fun as high school seniors, and learn what no one but Mr. Escalante believed that they could. While some like Henry Giroux and Robert Scholes seem to just see the negatives and the deceiving from video texts, as can be seen in Stand and Deliver there is still a belief in portraying proper morals in the world. Mr. Escalante teaches not only his kids, but those watching the movie, that it does not matter where your from, success is measured through hard work and your desire to get it done. If you have those things anything can be accomplished.
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