In some circles Jaime Escalante is spoke of as a miracle worker. While he certainly is a martyr, I no longer think he is the miracle worker that many articles I have read made him out to be. No doubt he knew how to inspire enough students to strive to achieve and many who had shut down. But after seeing how many extra hours over multiple years to get these kids to success, it isn't as miraculous to me. I don't say that to diminish what he did. He is exceptional, but so were all of the students. It was the extra hours they put in and he was willing to provide that allowed them to be successful. His desire for students to succeed certainly did spur more to strive for the best which is incredible in a school that have students who were subjected to years of low expectations. It really hit home how kids, even with no disabilities, would have to put in so many extra hours to come up to speed with a teacher who is really good. It is so frustrating when I see kids getting behind because their chance of ever catching up is slim to none.