Amy Chua (of ‘Tiger Mother’ fame) and Jed Rubenfeld have analysed outlier communities in the USA and distilled what they have learned into a readable tome called ‘Triple Package: what really determines success.’ The book provides a fascinating insight into what makes particular communities successful, but I think it can also lend its insights to schools. After all, every school is a community: how can we create the conditions within our schools to leverage the success in our community felt by those outlier groups in society?
The three conditions found across a variety of outlier groups are:
- A superiority complex (‘a deeply internalised belief in your group’s specialness, exceptionality, or superiority’)
- Insecurity (‘The paradoxical premise of this book is that successful people tend to feel simultaneously inadequate and superior.’)
- Impulsecontrol (or ‘the ability to resist temptation’)
One example group given are the Mormons: this group…
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