Henry Gradillas was the principal of Garfield High School in the 1980s when the chairman of its math department, a Bolivian immigrant named Jaime Escalante, became the most famous teacher in the United States. Escalante, about whom I wrote a book, was an amazing educator, but he would never have gained such renown and become the subject of the film "Stand and Deliver" if it had not been for Gradillas.
By 05:30 AM ET, 12/03/2010 |
Standing and Delivering,,
don't start by firing weak teachers,
fix the school climate first,
superstar principal of Garfield High School