Outliers Maritas Story

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My high school was like any other public high school. We attended school each day for about six hours with a summer break of two and a half months. We had a great academic program consisting of three tiers, Basic, College Prep and AP courses of study. We also had a great athletic program which consisted of several sports for a Fall, Winter and Spring season. My school had a lot of resources available for every student to utilize in order to reach their academic goals. If our system changed from the normal six hour days Monday through Friday to longer days and seven days a week, including three weeks into summer, some may argue students would achieve more. Do I think this system would work? Let me tell you my thoughts and you can form your own opinion regarding this matter.

In the Book Outliers chapter nine titled Maritas Bargain we hear the story of a child growing up in a lower class family and making an effort to achieve better for herself.. Marita signed up for a program ,which took children coming from lower class families and enrolled them in a school called KIPP Academy. This was an experimental public school which started at 7:25 am and did not get out until 5:00 pm. Marita went to school and came right home and worked on homework until she went to bed which most of the time was around ten O’clock. This school also stayed in session for three weeks in the summer. The children in this school, according to Maritas story, significantly improved their math scores by the time they left the school. It stated in the book that 80 percent of the academy’s graduates go to college.

Marita, along with all the other students, had to make sacrifices when signing up for this program. She lost all her old friends; with all the homework she was given there was no time for any social life. She would have to skip dinner sometimes in order to finish her homework. Most of us would not even think of making this type of sacrifice, but Marita only thought about...
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