As all stories do, a recent article published by NPR’s Anya Kamenetz has had its fair share of admirers and supporters. The nearly 4,000-word story aimed to shed light on the internal practices of charter schools, specifically, Rocketship Education, a network of high-performing public charter schools.
Critics of the article argue that the piece may be severely onesided, and focuses heavily on challenges that Rocketship Education has faced in regards to their learning models. Kamenetz also seems to suggest that all charter schools follow similar models, describing them as “companies” rather than non-profits or simply, schools. The heavy focus on the recent reports of problematic practices could potentially cause readers to ignore the continued success behind the learning models and methods at Rocketship Education, and the networks supports are not having it!
While Kamenetz brings attention to classroom protocols and discipline routines, she fails to mention the reason behind the success of Rocketship Education students and the continued support of their families. Students are most successful with support, discipline, and consistency.
In fact, Rocketship opted to participate in the SRI International. A three-year performance story on the networks graduates revealed that former Rocketship Education students were one year ahead of their classmates in middle school. Parents and supporters of Rocketship Education believe that the high test scores yielded by their students are a direct result of the schools teaching methods and learning expectations.
Founded in 2006, Rocketship Education uses a combination of individualized online learning, and classroom interactions. By focusing on each student individually, teachers and staff help them discover and unleash their true potential.
Despite the seemingly biased writings on Rocketship Education, the network continues to provide quality learning experiences and proven results to low-income families. Rocketship also aims to promote core values in each of their students, educating the whole child, and reaching far beyond the classroom.
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