I heard on the radio today that it’s National teachers appreciation day. What a joke! For me teachers when I was a child were indifferent about my learning, all they cared about were their paychecks. I was ignored by them, they really didn’t care especially White teachers when it comes to kids of color & I’m not making this up people they think NOTHING of Black, brown kids.
The only teacher who deserves appreciation and I never was privileged enough to be his student was a man named Hymie Escalante. Jaime Escalante taught High school math at Garfield High school located in East L.A. a predominately Hispanic part of town. He didn’t just teach high school math he taught these kids who struggled at the beginning in fractions & guided them all the way to advanced calculus to take the AP test that awards college credit. He taught for several years too. Jaime Escalante has his own postage stamp too. Unsure if I even spelled his name correctly but if your not familiar with his name there is a movie based on his real life called “Stand And Deliver” starring Edward James Olmos as Jaime Escalante. Now Jaime Escalante was a RARITY among teachers! He is the only one in my book that deserves any appreciation. Wished I were privileged to have been one of his students. I’ve had many teachers in Middle & high school and none of them measured up to Jaime Escalante.