While there have been some news pieces lately criticizing charter schools including those from Rocketship Education, their impressive scores on tests and praise from parents show that these pieces may be biased. In a recent NPR piece, Rocketship is referred to like a company when in reality it is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing quality education to children in areas whose public schools are underperforming. While leaders at Rocketship Education admit that there are problems within their school system but these are problems that face most public schools as well.
One of the issues that the NPR piece had a strong focus on was the heavy use of different technologies at the school. Technology is heavily implemented at Rocketship Education, but this time is spent across several different programs and broken into different chunks throughout the week. Their students are not spending their days staring at a computer screen like this piece recently implied.
There is a bias against charter institutions such as Rocketship Education as many people are hesitant to embrace change. They feel as if these schools take away from the public schools in the area, but why shouldn’t parents have the choice to get their children a better education than what they are offered? Just because schools such as Rocketship Education aren’t the tradition doesn’t mean that they are inherently bad. Many public schools are failing and Rocketship Education is hoping to help children from being dragged down in the process. All schools have issues, even expensive private ones. Instead of focusing on negatives that exist across the board, we should be building up all schools.
Rocketship Education first opened their schools in the city of San Francisco before spreading across the country in different areas that were traditionally under-privileged. They give children the opportunity to receive the education that they need to get into a good college and succeed later in life. With the help of parents, they provide individualized education for each child within the organization. Many of the people who work for the company are so confident in the schools of Rocketship Education that they even send their own children to them.
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