Jaime Escalante (1930 – 2010)

While I was in the hospital, I was very sad to hear of the passing of Jaime Escalante – an icon in the effort to improve educational opportunties for Hispanics. It was just a few months ago that I posted how a recent Advanced Placement Test report showed that Mr. Escalante’s dream was progressing.  Because of his efforts at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, Mr. Escalante showed that given the right desire and support, students of any background can thrive in any educational pursuit. And while he might not be around to see the progress future Hispanic generations will make in education, business, science, and other professions. One can only assume that if he were here to see future successes, his focus would remain with those yet to reach their full potential.