Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the merits of enrolling your child in the Rocketship Education charter school system. Rocketship Education has been in existence for about 12 years since it was created in 2006. NPR recently went after the school citing various problems with the programming and competitive atmosphere.
Unfortunately, for many parents that currently benefit from the Rocketship Education system, this is a very inaccurate picture of the life that their children experience in these institutions. In fact, many of the allegations that have been published in the NPR article seem to be purposefully skewed to me the writer’s personal motives.
Washington Monthly posts in their piece that much of the information featured in the NPR article may be one-sided. There are parents all over the country that feel as though the company has been misrepresented. The article points out that NPR piece does not possess the necessary balance required in a review article such as this. It seems that much of the article is centered around the challenges that Rocketship Education may face in the education environment instead of the triumph that they truly provide their students every single day.
Many of the students that are taken in at Rocketship Education institutions are considered to be low-income individuals or those who do not speak English as their first language. These individuals need a leg up in their educational journey. The main focus of the school is to prepare students for a college education. Rocketship Education is doing something that many institutions should be emulating by helping children of lower socioeconomic standing or differing cultural groups even the playing field. The fact that the NPR article chose to question much of the protocol that is being done at the institution means that they have sought to specifically target Rocketship Education. The charter school system operates within the established standards and practices of charter schools across the country, but they seem to suffer more scrutiny than others. This scrutiny seems imbalanced with the genuine goals that they are trying to reach for the student populations that they serve.