Malcolm Gladwell, the author of The Outliers, did not change my opinions because I believe that math is an endurance test. Gladwell (2008) says “[y]ou master mathematics if you are willing to try” which accurately sums up both his opinions and mine(p. 246). However, it was very interesting to hear the statistics behind the mathematic ability of countries. Gladwell also uses the chapter, “Rice Paddies and Math Tests”, to reinforce his earlier argument for the 10,000 hour rule. Gladwell discusses the amount of time and concentration that rice farmers in asia have to dedicate to their rice paddies in order to make a profit.
Does cultural legacy effect your success? According to Malcolm Gladwell, the author of the book Outliers, believes that cultural legacies can affect your success in a positive or a negative way. Cultural legacy can be defined as the cultural or family background that is left behind by past generations and “they persist, generation after generation, virtually intact, even as the economic and social and demographic conditions that spawned them have vanished”( Gladwell 175). One example that Gladwell gives in Outliers of these “powerful forces”(Gladwell 175) includes Chinese math students learning how to work harder in school than people of other countries because of their cultural legacy of their ancestors working the rice fields, which Gladwell
In one way, Chinese are trained to get good grade in the exam. According to the data of ACT organization and other education organization, the average ACT score of America (ACT Organization, 2015 ACT National and State Scores) is much lower than the average score of Chinese (Taisha, Chinese have higher ACT score in recent year) as table 1 below. As we all know, when universities and colleges enroll students, they always ask for your ACT or SAT score. A higher score gives students a powerful evidence of their
His theories and those who share the same thoughts are not often talked about, as society would rather live on believing in equal opportunity for everyone to obtain some form of success. While there are some who remain outliers to this theory, to Gladwell it makes much more since to think about success as being based on the situations surrounding someone rather than based on their ideals as an individual. Everyone has different ideas of success and how to obtain it so it is nearly impossible for those who truly look deep into it—like Gladwell-- to think that success is a representation of a singular
In this chapter, Gladwell uses the example of an Asian stereotype. Gladwell (2008) says, “Students from China, South Korea, and Japan - and the students from recent immigrants who are from those countries have substantially outperformed their western counterparts at mathematics” (p. 230). Gladwell feels Asians are great at math because of their cultural upbringing and beliefs. Many years ago when the Asian culture grew rice patties to feed their families. They did not have a lot of money to buy machinery to help them farm, they had to do al1 the work themselves.
Malcom Gladwell, the author of The Outliers, analyzes the factors to success based on real-life example. Through statistical facts and logical reasoning, he attempts to prove how success is more than just hard work and being intelligent. He supports his arguments with accurately calculated statistical facts to gain the trust of his audience and to work towards 2proving his points. Gladwell determines the reasons of success by comparing well-known successful people and finding commonalities between those people. Gladwell does not believe anyone can be a self-made man.
Outliers: The Story of Success Writing about Reading Defense of Passages In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell challenges those who assume hard work is the only path to success. “It is not the brightest who succeed. Nor is success simply the sum of decisions and efforts we make on our behalf.” Gladwell states that success can happen through a series of different factors. He uses the word, “Outlier” to describe those successful individuals lucky enough to be gifted with one, or more of the factors he writes about in the book. Gladwell explains using multiple stories of history's most affluent people,and the different ways each individual became successful.
According to a study from the University of Texas Mental Health Center, Asian American college students are more likely to favor majors in math and science than their non-Asian peers. The writer claims that “they feel pressured to fulfill the expectations of the ‘model minority’ stereotype” (Kobayashi, Model Minority Stereotype Reconsidered). Furthermore, popular culture is the main provider of our common knowledge and therefore, issues of some theorists call, “Orientalism,” or the process of making Eastern cultures seem exotic is abundant in the western world. Authentically, not all of the stereotypes are offensive to the given race; some Asians even find it
In school, they are supposedly most proficient at math and science which are the top subjects in need of strong minds today. However, if a closer look is given, it can easily be seen that these students are not as high achieving as one would think. Cambodians score much lower on tests than Vietnamese students, but they are all lumped into the same group. “Such a stereotype may appear to be beneficial, and is certainly helpful in many ways to Asian Americans in terms of opportunity, it also disguises institutional racism and systematic discrimination” (Spradlin, 2011, p. 103). Cultural tendencies can also serve to be barriers.
I have always been curious why perfection is so strongly sought after, even with the knowledge that such flawlessness is unattainable, and imperfection is often equated with failure. It is human nature to want to succeed; no one strives to do poorly, but it is not fair to limit ourselves to a system of either passing or failing. I used to believe that I must be the best at everything, regardless of my actual skills, interests, or talents. I wanted to be the distinguished athlete, the brilliant student, the amusing socialite and the compassionate friend at all times, and more importantly, I wanted to be the best in all of those categories simultaneously. The day I realized I couldn’t be perfect at everything was the same day I thought it would be best to drop out of AP Calculus.