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Chapter 9- Marita's Bargain

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Riley Porter

on 5 March 2014

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Transcript of Chapter 9- Marita's Bargain

Chapter 9- Marita's Bargain
Summary
There was a major grade average gap between upper classes and lower classes. Statistically speaking, 5th graders in upper classes have a 73 point advantage over lower class 5th graders. This is because upper class kids have a better advantage- money wise. Wealthy kids go to classes over the summer vacation while lower classes can't afford to go there. A twelve-year-old girl, named Marita, was in the lower class and was accepted into KIPP academy. She was enthusiastic about her schoolwork and went on Saturday's to do her homework at KIPP.
Application to the Real World
Connection to Success
This chapter connects to success because even though Marita came from a bad community, she is now an accounting major. She has defeated the sterotype that poor kids do worse in school that rich kids.
How this says about success
This chapter, Marita's Bargain, changes how we think about success because usually when we think about people who are successful, we think about people who are wealthy, well dressed, and goes to very good schools, and lives in a good community. Marita is person that lives in a poor community, and doesn't wear very good clothes or go to very good schools. Even though Marita is living in a poor community, she kept on doing her best to become the best that she can.
Main Idea
The main idea was that working hard at what you are passionate for has tremendous results. KIPP was a school that focused on educating underprivileged children in bad neighborhoods. They taught extra days and longer hours to give these children a great advantage. Marita was a student who went to KIPP and realized what a privilege she had and took her work seriously. she is in college now, majoring in accounting.
Marita's determination shows that you don't have to be rich or lucky to be successful. "She didnt need a higher IQ or a mind as quick as Chris Langan's. All those things would be nice, of course. But they miss the point. Marita just needed a chance," as stated directly in the book.
Do you think where you live can affect your success? Why or why not?
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