Vivek Ranadive, Anjali’s father, decided to create a basketball team, even without knowing how to play it. Most of the girls were unexperienced and didn’t have the characteristics of what a good basketball player would be. But this didn’t bring him down, since he came to America as a seventeen year old with fifty dollars. By having the players play full court, he led the girls to end up on the national championship.
The author used examples of how sometimes small countries that have the mind to win against the bigger countries win most of the times. For example, T.E. Lawrence led a group of nomads who didn’t have the experience to fight, but since they moved alot in the desert, they had alot of endurance and experience in the terrain, and because of that, they won against the turks. The lesson is that the underdogs also have an advantage and the bigger ones have too much advantages to handle.
The author introduces the passage with the baby boom. The children in this era were a lot and overwhelmed schools. But over time, the students enrolled in Shepaug Valley Middle School has decreased over time. The author used the idea that people wanted classrooms to be shorter so that students learn better. Studies showed that not much changes on grades and that the idea that short classrooms make students learn better made the US and other countries to hire more teachers and nothing changes by this. Sometimes we think that someone is an advantage or disadvantage but sometimes we categorize them wrong.
Gladwell later talks about a powerful man he knew in Hollywood. The man was brought up during the Deppression, meaning that money was of value. During his years, he had to work to gain. That way, he became successful, but because of that, his children dont know the value of money. The children of wealthy families are not brought up the way we want to and don't value what they have. So maybe there is a middle for not being too poor or too rich, which can be beneficial to people. The relationship between parenting and money is that the principle is that more is not alway better. It is hard to parent if you have too little since the parent will have to work alot harder to provide food, clothing, and shelter for the family, especially if its a single parent. Happiness also goes down when you have too much because you cant deny your children stuff they want because you cant say “We cant afford it” or “We cant” and instead have to resort to “We dont” so its harder for parents to have this type of conversations. So they have to set certain values so that way they can be able to say no to them without the children pointing them out. This creates a U-curve. Too little is little happiness and too much is little happiness as well. The author connects this to the school because before, there was too many kids so they struggles to keep all the students together, but now that they have few, the students will have less people to interact with.
An inverted U curve has 3 sides: on the left is doing more or having more makes things better, on the middle is doing more doesnt change anything, and on the right is doing more can make things worse. Then she uses this idea to campare it to the class room classes Having too many students in a class can be stressful to the teacher because they have to deal with alot of papers to grade, deal with the talkative students, and etc. But having too little students makes the students have less people to compare themselves to, makes the class less talkative, and makes the teacher hate it since no one participates. That’s why classes shouldnt be too much or too big. Hotchkiss is a school that has alot of pianos and other expensive stuff but it doesnt care about the students. Their main person to attract is the parents because they want their children to be have more attention by their teacher. But as you know, having too much of something doesnt always lead to good results. So we dont need to have too much of something to feell accomplished.