Rocketship Education Reconsidered

April 1st, 2019 by admin

Washington Monthly recently published an article by Alexander Russo titled, “NPR’s Deeply Unbalanced Profile of Rocketship Charter Schools.” The article indicates that the coverage on Rocketship Charter Schools did not have a balanced viewpoint in the 3,800-word essay. The article in question was titled “High Test Scores—But at What Cost” by a blogger named Anya Kamenetz. The original piece discussed Rocketship Education as one of the popular school chains that use blended learning to encourage rapid knowledge acquisition.

However, the article in question states that Rocketship Education has practices that allow children to gain knowledge and skills quickly are difficult. It causes some parents and other community members to raise concern about the instruction model that focuses on technology instead of holistic student learning.

Russo reveals that the piece did not reveal that Rocketship Education uses a similar method as many other charter school networks. The tight discipline and ritualistic classroom are used in other networks like the Success Academy and KIPP which also have high test scores. Rocketship Education uses a technology-heavy learning model but Rocketship Education recognized it needed to change the technology model to expand properly.

The piece does not go into why the schools gained in popularity while providing too much weight to the critical anecdotes. In particular, Kamentz criticized the retesting and bathroom break policy. The staff turnover is also high compared to other schools in the area.

The piece also became controversial for considering Rocketship Education a company rather than a charter school, causing many to accuse the network of being a commercial venture. Rocketship Education is non-profits, they are not a for-profit company. Kamenetz also did not seem concerned that the piece had a slant as a takedown rather than as an unbiased piece of journalism.

Rocketship Education creates personalized learning for every student. The teachers tailor the learning experience, the content and the instruction to better help the children in their learning career. It also helps teachers continue to learn the latest in techniques and strategies by providing greater teacher development so each teacher might also reach his or her potential in the classroom.

Red more about Rocketship Education here

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