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PDF å Outliers The Story of Success  Malcolm Gladwell In this stunning new book Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of outliers the best and the brightest the most famous and the most successful He asks the uestion what makes high ach Gladwell argues that success is tightly married to opportunity and time on task He states that it takes approximately 10000 hours to master something and that gives me comfort It helps me feel better about my many failures at initial attempts to master things like glazing pottery algebra Salsa dancing skiing and sewing to name a few I kept thinking I've just got to put in hours if I want to do better While I can see a different way of spinning the data provided to support Gladwell's argument I didn't care In a rare moment I found myself not wanting to argue Instead I found myself reflecting on things that have felt like lucky opportunities in my own life This reflection was very humbling Moreover I felt the text tugging at the need for greater euity What could all the people with limited opportunities do if given greater opportunities? Think Darfur How many people who might have come up with the cure for pancreatic cancer been forced to spend their time standing in lines waiting for clean water or food? My own personal experience as a teacher of refugees reflects Gladwell's primary thesis Many of my refugee students are pre literate They have not been given the opportunity to gain a formal education As a result there are many well intended but misinformed people who place these students in special education courses or deem their I low diminishing their opportunities even The students I teach are hungry for skills and spend hours outside of class practicing They make huge gains despite earlier opportunities denied them While many will not go on to big colleges out of high school I feel like given enough opportunity and time they could make it there Sadly many have families who depend on them to work to help financially support the family Yet another limited opportunity to spend time focused on developing skills In the past week I have shared Gladwell's thesis with my students We have applied the 10000 hours to master a task to reading and writing I remind students that if we don't get our 10000 hours this year together they must continue on their own I remind them that it IS possible to move forward if they are focused and keep adding hours of work to their reading and writing We even write on the board how many hours left before we are masters 2 hours down only 9998 left to goFriday I had a student from Somalia smile and ask So it's not true that white people are smarter than black Africans? They just get chances to read? Imagine my pleasure when I could respond YES That's correct You are just as smart as any white kid in this school It's just that some of them have been reading for years and you are just getting started Thank you for your work Galdwell it is salient in today's political conversation surrounding education especially for our most vulnerable students who have been given the fewest opportunities

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FREE EPUB ´ MOBI Outliers The Story of Success î 9780316017923 × MALCOLM GLADWELL È In this stunning new book Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of outliers the best and the brightest the most famous and the most successful He asks the uestion Tic experiences of their upbringing Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires what it takes to be a great soccer player why Asians are good at math and what made the Beatles the greatest rock ba People are criticizing this book because it is not a journal article Well guess what we're not all sociologists I have read plenty of journal articles in my own field law I'm in no position to read journal articles in fields outside my own Having a well written piece of mass market writing is just the thing I need to access this informationAnother criticism of the book is that Gladwell is the master of the anecdote Well it seems to me that ALL SOCIAL SCIENCE is in some sense anecdotal Every survey even a methodologically perfect one is necessarily un abstract and anecdotal it is based on survey research from particular people and there's no way to derive abstract rules governing society from that like math This notion of how Gladwell is all anecdotal bothers me So what? If a good anecdote gets you to look at a situation in a new way or makes a powerful point that's excellent Any writer worth his or her salt LOVES a good anecdote to grab the attention of the reader

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Outliers The Story of SuccessIevers different?His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from that is their culture their family their generation and the idiosyncra Malcolm Gladwell's new book reads like a series of cocktail party anecdotes Whether the book is a mere fluff piece or something is open to debate At its heart it has two themes 1 That success depends not just on talent but opportunity and 2 that success and failure also depend on the cultural legacies we inherit from our forebears Boiled down here are his essential ideasOPPORTUNITY1 Luck matters Hockey players who happened to be born between January and March were disproportionately represented in professional hockey leagues From an early age these players were the oldest in their age bracket and therefore bigger and coordinated Coaches selected them for better training and playing opportunities and overtime success bred success Likewise students who happened to be older for their class scored higher on math and science tests than their younger classmates and were likely to be picked for gifted and other advanced programs 2 Even smart people need 10000 hours of practice before they master a skill Those that can get those 10000 hours during childhood are a step ahead Bill Gates Steve Jobs and The Beatles all had uniue opportunities to have lots and lots of practice in their specialties at an early age before becoming successful3 After 120 increases in I are less important than creativity and practical intelligence knowing what to say to whom knowing when to say it and knowing how to say it for maximum effect A lifelong study of geniuses showed they were no successful than the average population Nobel laureates are just as likely to come from City College of NY Augsburg College or Gettysburg College as they are from HarvardLEGACY4 Rural Americans in backcountry states Kentucky Tennessee North South Carolina inherited a culture of honor from their Scotch Irish forefathers These herdsmen warriors brought with them a willingness to fight in response to the smallest slight This led to a pattern of bloody and violent feuds between families across the Appalachian states Think Hatfields vs McCoys5 Korean Airlines had an unusually high rate of plane crashes because of the Korean culture's extreme deference to superiors Junior pilots were reluctant to directly contradict their Captain on a flight even in the face of grave error This explains for instance the Korean Air Flight 801 crash in Guam in 1997 When the airline hired a specialist from Delta to retrain the pilots to speak transparently their safety record went up dramatically6 Asians are good at math and science because their ancestors planted rice paddies Rice farming was labor intensive than Western agriculture Asians have inherited this stick with it ness that allows them to excel in math and science where perseverance is mandatory7 Unlike rice paddies wheat or corn fields need to be left fallow every few years Early American educators adopted this principle toward schooling that students must not be exhausted Hence the long summer vacation a distinctly American legacy But this legacy is counterproductive because kids tend to forget things over the summer Kids who go to schools with shorter summer breaks tend to have higher test scores