Look at the too-cool-to-cope kids in Jaime Escalante's class at East L.A.'s tough Garfield High, & many will see a bunch of losers. Escalante sees scholars. How he cajoles, instructs, challenges & inspires his barrio kids to pass the daunting Calculus Advanced Placement Test forms the amazing heart of Stand and Deliver [Side A], starring Edward James Olmos & Lou Diamond Phillips. Paterson, New Jersey's Eastside High is the setting for Lean on Me [Side B], starring Morgan Freeman as bat-and-bullhorn-toting principal Joe Clark, whose methods turned the failing school around and made Clark a national symbol of tough-love education. His message: Don't lean on excuses, drugs or anger.
Will Gotay,Edward James Olmos,Andy Garcia,Lou Diamond Phillips,Rosanna de Soto
True story of Los Angeles teacher Jaime Escalante, who inspired his students to achieve excellence in calculus. Inspirational for the viewer as well!