Analysis Of Outliers: The Story Of Success, By Malcolm Gladwell

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In Chapter 8 and 9 of Outliers: The Story of Success, Gladwell exams some of the ways that Asian and American students learn math, arguing that some of the principles in the US education system should be reconsidered. I generally agree with Gladwell’s point of view. I believe in two ways, students ' principal spirit and the length of students’ studying, the US education system leaves much to be desired, though an overhaul is in progress. The US education system doesn’t have: follow-through. According to Chapter 8 of Outliers, “Rice Paddies and Math Tests,” the research of rice paddies has created a cultural legacy among Asian cultures that leads to more relative success for people from those cultures. Malcolm Galdwell argues “That lesson has…show more content…
In Asia, people believe all the hard work will lead to profits through the experience of growing rice paddies. According to the writer, this argument is not limited to the rice paddies but continues over the experiment of the math tests. For example, Gladwell introduces a story of Renee. Renee is Alan Schoenfeld’s, a math professor at Berkeley, student. He considers Renee different. When Renee meets a problem she does not know, she will not stop until she is absolutely sure she has it right. Renee’s studying spirit helps her to succeed during studying. It is based on a function of persistence and doggedness. However, under the US education system, students are not good at focusing on one thing. Gladwell ends by noting the result of the test called TIMSS, the difference between how Asian and American students learn math is the emphasis on effort and hard work. This doggedness is not…show more content…
According to Chapter 9 of Outliers, “Marita’s Bargain,” Gladwell introduces a public school called KIPP Academy. Students are chosen by lottery. Half the students are African Americans, the rest are Hispanic. However, in KIPP, their teaching methods are different from other US schools. KIPP students spend almost every second to study. Their students are spending fifty to sixty percent more time learning than the traditional public school student. This is the reason why poor kids can also be as clever as rich kids at KIPP. According to Gladwell, the reason that Asian students are more intelligent in math is because they do not have such long summer vacations. Asia’s culture believes “the route to success lies in rising before dawn 260 days a year are scarcely going to give their children, three straight months off in the summer” (260). Therefore, Asia’s school year is almost 243 days long. They believe people have the time to learn everything they need rather than just stay there and unlearn it. However, under the US education system, students have 180 days long summer vacation. Gladwell believes the length of time of students studying is why Asian students are successful in math. In my opinion, increasing the study hours is the fastest way to open a gap between students studying. In Stand and Deliver, in order to improve students’ math skills in a short time, Escalante spends extra time tutoring students all the

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