Discussion Question for Chapter 9: Marita’s Bargain, (p. 250 – 269)

Do you agree or disagree with Gladwell’s assertion that an extended school year would make students from urban schools more likely to succeed? Also, Gladwell states that Marita made a bargain, and that it was a good bargain. Do you think Marita made the right decision to sign up for the KIPP school?

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4 responses to “Discussion Question for Chapter 9: Marita’s Bargain, (p. 250 – 269)

  1. In the case of weather i agree if the success of a school in a urban area is depended on the extention of the year im not sure. I think is wonderful that Gladwell started with a great idea on this topic and he was able to support it with some great evidence and analysis. He needs i think to make sure how would student feel to have a shorter vacation and on weather if it’s really necessary. I dont actually true that “schools are more likely to succeed “i think that if with the right teachers and the more resources school will actually become stronger and more confident. Nevertheless school keep trying hard to give the best to the students, and sometimes teachers and staff member suffer because of some of the injustice systems. Therefore it depends we dont have enough to get through the year assigned normally to all schools, what make him think that all the needs of the school will be provided in order for student to achieve high. Lets weight the negative and the positive this would provide and lets not understimated that this is done for students to benefit.

  2. Due to strong informational facts, I agree with Galdwell’s thought on extending the school years in urban school. On p. (258) he states that “when it comes to reading skills, poor kids learn nothing when school is not in session. Gladwell backs this statement by providing table of test taken at the beginning of the school year, and June. Gladwell states that this happens because; poor kids have less learning opportunities than rich kids who go to camp or have books to read (258). I also believe that Marita made a good bargain signing up for KIPP because it offers her so many opportunities. KIPP gives her a chance to have a bright future that “grantees she will go on to college”(267).

  3. I argree that an extended school year would increase the chances of a student to succeed. If so “Theres alot more retention, better understanding of the material.” In alot of classes there isnt enough time for explaining the topic. The teachers tries there best to get through whats suppose to be taught for the day. As a student you dont want to interupt and hold the class up when you know everything is time pressured-especially when everything your doing in class is being timed. Thats when it begins to get stressful and you leave the class with questions that you wont have time to/or rember to get back to. I think Marita made a good bargain. I myself would have to admitt i might’ve taken the bargain myself. The amount of success that will be gained in the future is wonderful. it is an amazing opportunity that as an ‘outlier’, you learn to seize. Sadly with this chance that she has been given she loses the touch with her childhood. She doing things way ahead of her time. She would “Give up her evenings and weekends and friends-all the elements of her old world-and replace them with KIPP.” This is the catch of the bargain. :[

  4. Then again we dont have to extend school. Like the wealthier kids during the summer had success, all we have to do is give other students more opportunities too. “To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success-the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history-with a society that provides opportunities for all.” We just need to give more programs, camps, books to read, parents involved, actively engage the world around them, and surround them with the chances and privilages they need to both succeed for themselves and the for world. Meaning that “The world could be so much richer than the world we have settled for.”

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