In the chapter “Rice Paddies & Math Tests,” Gladwell discusses the way that a cultural legacy like rice farming can lead to an attitude about work and persistence that can be profitable in later contexts (like math classes). And in “Marita’s Bargain” (which you’re reading next week), Gladwell shows how a different cultural legacy—the tradition of summer break from school — can have negative effects on learning, effects that have an immense impact on future individual success. He ends the chapter “Marita’s Bargain” with the words “meaningful work.”
For this essay, you will need to address the following question:
Why is meaningful work the key concept for understanding Gladwell’s point in both “Rice Paddies & Math Tests” as well as “Marita’s Bargain”?

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