Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers

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Well-Known intellectual, Malcolm Gladwell, in chapter 9 of his book Outliers, addresses the topic of the “achievement gap” and argues that summer vacation is very harmful for the educational career of a lower class children and they need to “shed” part of their culture to help them succeed academically. I agree with Gladwell’s theory, sometimes you have to let go of the old this to succeed in the new.
In the beginning of chapter 9 Gladwell speaks about a school named KIPP, which stands for Knowledge is Power program. KIPP is a experimental middle like no other. It was originated in a horrible part of New York. Gladwell describes KIPP as, “the kind of school in the kind of neighborhood with the kind of students that would make educators despair
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For example instead of hanging out with my friends at lunch and eating I would have to be in my math class preparing for the next test and getting the teacher's help with homework. So I can understand what Marita was going through and how she felt letting go of her neighborhood friends in order to keep up with school. Gladwell explains Marita as “an only child who lives in a single-parent home...her mother never went to college...the two of them share a one bedroom apartment in the Bronx”(263). Marita is a determined 12 year old, she wakes up at 5:45 a.m. in the morning just to get head start before school. Marita says, “I leave school at 5 p.m., and if I don't lollygag around that I will get home around 5:30. Then I say hi to my mom really quick and start my homework. And if it's not a lot of homework that day it will take me 2 to 3 hours, and I'll be done around 9 p.m. Or if I have essays, then I'll be done like 10 p.m. or 10:30 pm. Sometimes my mom makes a break for dinner. I tell her I want to go straight through but she says I have to eat. So around 8, she makes me break for dinner for like an half hour, and then I get back to work. Then, usually after that, my mom wants to hear about school, but I have to make it quick because I have to get to bed by 11 p.m. So I get all my stuff ready, and then I get into bed. I tell …show more content…
emerita is doing the right thing letting go of her old neighborhood friends and placing them with her friends at KIPP. Those friends know the schedule she has and what she has to do every day so but encourage each other to keep going instead of dropping their school work to go play outside. I've dealt with this situation at first and I had to give up some of the fun things that I want to do my friend at school all weekend to study for exams, finals and tests and all that to keep up with my grades and to strive towards the goals that I have for myself. So when being pressured into things that will hinder your success and your goals, ask yourself what's going to get you further in life, your old bad habits or the good ones that youre developing to help you succeed in

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