Rocketship Education prides itself on classroom management, technology use, and intervention. These key points were addressed at the National Charter School Association Conference in 2016 that was held in Nashville, TN. After the conference NPR, National Public Radio, depicted a rather severe picture of Rocketship Education. NPR questioned the schools use of discipline, culture, and boundaries. NPR also questioned what kind of technology is best for certain children and what technology may be harmful to certain children. This lead to questions about Rocketship’s Education staffing and teacher qualifications.
In most schools technology is the core of education. While NPR raises some good questions about Rocketship Education. It is better to look at the bigger picture and be aware of the responsibility society has regarding to children’s education. Schools should address the population on what steps are being taken to ensure each individual child is getting an excellent education.
Rocketship Education, is a non-profit charter school system. A charter school receives government funding but operates outside of the established state school system that the school is located within. The first Rocketship school opened in 2007 in San Jose, California. To date, Rocketship Education has 21 schools in the United States. Rocketship Education uses online and classroom teaching in conjunction with small group tutoring. This is called a hybrid model of individualized learning. This form of learning is highly successful in helping students from low-income families breach the achievement gap.
Since 2016, Rocketship Education has launched several new programs for its students. QueenHype is one such program, it empowers girls through communication in art and activism. The school offers a media literacy program which teaches children how to use media wisely. In 2018, students with an Individualized Educational Plan advanced a year and a quarter in math and reading.
While NPR raised some serious questions and was rather harsh when it concerned Rocketship Education. In 207 Rocketship Education addressed these questions within the system and changed it’s name to Rocketship Public Schools. As a result, enrollment has doubled and is expected to be on rise for the 2019-20 year.
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