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READER ß Outliers The Story of Success ↠ Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers The Story of SuccessTic 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 I can save you the trouble of reading the book smart people don't automatically become successful they do so because they got lucky This rule applies to everyone including the likes of Bill Gates and Robert Oppenheimer That's it That's what the whole book is about Gladwell looks at case after case of this Canadian hockey players Korean airline pilots poor kids in the Bronx Jewish lawyers etc Even with all this evidence it feels like he's pulling in examples that fit his theory and ignoring others Thus while we look at many examples of geniuses who got lucky we do not look at Einstein which seems strange as he's the best known genius of the 20th century While the book can be summarized in one sentence the individual chapters are interesting such as the chapter that discusses a plane crash that happened in New York because the pilots were too subservient to make it clear to the air traffic controllers that they were almost out of gas In short the parts of this book were interesting then the whole

Malcolm Gladwell ↠ Outliers The Story of Success READER

Ievers 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 Didn't exactly read this book Joe and I listened to it in the car on the way home from visiting family for Christmas I really enjoyed it and was very fascinated by certain parts of it especially the sections about the Beatles computer programmers and Korean co pilotsBut my enjoyment of the book was marred by the glaring absence of any well known female outliers By chapter four or so I noticed it and mentioned it to Joe and then it just kept getting worse to the point that it was comical and distracting Man after man after high achieving man was featured Any time a woman was mentioned it seemed she was a wife or mother helping to boost a high achiever to success or in one case toward the end of the book a somewhat slow female math student that a male professor had videotaped trying to figure out a math problem By the time we got to that vignette it was so ridiculous that Joe and I both started laughing and Joe joked that the only woman in the book is dumb but persistentWhen we got home I Googled Gladwell Outliers sexist or something like that and found that several female bloggers and columnists also were ticked off about it and had taken Gladwell to task for it Gladwell doesn't strike me as a raging sexist so my guess is that he is so used to being a male in this world and constantly hearing about and identifying with male high achievers that maybe he didn't even realize what he was doing I noticed that he gave a pretty weak response when uestioned in an interview about his omission of women he claimed that he had not omitted women because he mentioned his grandmother's story at the end of the book in the epilogue I think Um okay

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MOBI Ã DOC Outliers The Story of Success 9780316017923 Õ 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 achievers different?His answer is that we pay too much atIn 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