The Promise of Higher Education
In the revisionist history podcasts, “Carlos Doesn’t Remember”, “Food Fight” and “My Little Hundred Million”, Malcolm Gladwell focuses on the case of higher education in the United States within his three part mini-series that consists of capitalization.
In “Carlos Doesn’t Remember”, Malcolm Gladwell speaks about a disadvantaged boy that has worked his way up to a great school. Throughout personal problems, Carlos was able to reach his goal because of the help from Eric Eisner. Eric Eisner started a program called “Yes” for gifted students. Eisner searched for underclass kids that are able to reach for their potential, tutors them and gets them into a good private school. Eisner started looking for kids in the fourth grade because the earlier he found a child the better chance they will have of going to college. Elite United States colleges announced that “they would give free tuition to any deserving student that came from the bottom of the economic ladder.” That didn’t turn out as well as most people planned. Also, Avery and Hoxby’s research showed that thirty five thousand qualified students don’t even apply for a school. Later, Eric then found another “carlos”, this eight year old boy knew meeting Eric was his only chance. This boy saw his family murdered. For these boys the opportunity wasn’t nearby. If it wasn’t for Eric Eisner these boys wouldn’t have the opportunity to go to an elite college, like most upper middle class students would. Is that okay America?
In “Food Fight” Gladwell goes over how quality on food and other expenses can change a student’s mind on what college they would like to attend. What ever happen to good education, than quality food? Bowdoin College tries to catch students attention to come to their school, while Vassar wants to make the world better. Because Vassar has means they decided to compromise their quality at the college. Vassar College has less fancy dorms and bad food, while Bowdoin College has beautiful dorms and fantastic food for their students. If America is supporting places like Bowdoin College we are not a good example of capitalization.
In the last podcast “My Little Hundred Million”, Gladwell discusses how Hank Rowen, an engineer, donated one hundred million dollars to a small college in South Jersey that had a great engineering program. After Rowen donated, many millionaires followed Rowan but in a different way and started donating their money to rich colleges that didn’t need the money. These millionaires just wanted the title of donating to a fancy college and Rowan actually wanted to make a difference. People should want to make a difference like Hank Rowan and donate to a college in need. Society forces people to try to become better than one another. So what Hank Rowan did was astonishing.
After listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s three part mini — series you now understand and see how much we lack capitalization. As Gladwell said “We are not as good at it as we think we are.” Capitalization sets we the people in the United States apart.