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Film Festival - Stand and Deliver

Wednesday - May 19, 2004
MAC Playhouse - 3:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Stand and Deliver

Hosted by: Dr. Robert Singer, Professor of English
College Now English Course Coordinator
Professor Ronald Forman, College Now Mathematics Course Coordinator

About the Movie: Stand and Deliver
Director, Ramon Menendez 1988 - Rating PG

Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a neglected high school in a Hispanic neighborhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top algebra and calculus students. This is a true success story.

About the Presenter: Professor Ron Forman
Professor Ronald Forman has been a Math professor for the past 35 years. He is a long-time film buff and does a weekly radio program devoted to the great music of the 20th century. He truly believes that without math nothing adds up.

Writing Assignments: Stand and Deliver ACT-Prep

Extra Credit Assignments
A debate has begun concerning the role and value of funding advanced areas of study in high school mathematics for courses such as calculus, statistics and fractal geometry. Many teachers, parents and even students believe that difficult courses such as these should be funded for students who wish to attend a four-year college and demonstrate an advanced mathematical ability. Several colleges and universities have suggested that the Regents, SAT and other exit exams do not sufficiently demonstrate the ability of potential candidates who wish to attend the respective campus, and that these courses are not expensive to run and to offer. They give students a chance to excel. Other people feel that these courses are not educationally necessary and would appeal only to a few students, and that this funding might be taken from other areas that also need funding, such as extra-curricular activities. These courses offer little to the average student who lacks interest in or has no need for advanced mathematical instruction.

You have been asked to write a letter to the school newspaper in which you will express your views concerning the issue of funding advanced mathematics courses for high school students. Do you believe that students, in your high school in particular, should have these courses made available if desired? What are some of the obvious benefits or problems funding these courses might create? Fully discuss your view; you may refer to other opinions, your own experience or even the film, Stand and Deliver.

Mini-Research Project

(NOTE: THIS IS NOT A RESEARCH PAPER-IT IS A RESEARCH-ORIENTED EXPERIENCE IN WHICH STUDENTS GATHER AND CATEGORIZE INFORMATION. THEY CAN PREPARE OUTLINES, NOTE-CARDS AND A BIBLIOGRAPHY, CITE REFERENCES, OR PRACTICE ANY COMBINATION OF THESE SKILLS ASSOCIATED WITH PREPARING A RESEARCH PAPER).

Utilizing the library and its resources, and/or material from the Internet, prepare an investigative project that focuses on any one of these topics associated with Stand and Deliver.

a-Famous mathematicians
b-Jaime Escalante
c-Careers involving mathematics
d-Math in everyday life

Standard College Essay

Many issues arise from the analysis and discussion of the film, Stand and Deliver. Some of the more important issues involve cheating, getting along with your peer group and the importance of having friends, working with others toward a common goal, acting against stereotypes, and not giving in to prejudice. Some broader issues discussed in the film involve the importance of mathematics in our lives, the positive role of teachers and education, and a belief that people are social beings who are capable of changing. There are other related personal and social issues arising from the analysis of this film, and these are only some suggested and significant themes to consider.

In a full-length essay (approximately 400-500 words), later to be revised for content and correctness, discuss any of the issues raised in Stand and Deliver that you consider to be of special interest. Feel free to refer to the film or any source of information in your essay. Explain why and how these issues are significant not only in the film but also in relationship to your own life, the lives of other people, society, or all of these.

Event Photos Stand and Deliver - May 19, 2004

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