Rocketship Education: A Growing Family

There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding Rocketship Education lately. Much of this comes in light of a recent article featured on NPR’s website. The article calls into question much of the everyday practices that staff members participate in with the children. Things such as the highly regimented schedule and testing policies have been a major issue for that writer. The problem is that many of the supporters of Rocketship Education feel as though this is a gross misrepresentation of the school facility. They believe that the author did not truly explore this issue in a nonbiased manner.

A response article is posted on the Washington Monthly’s website. It discusses some of the areas for which the article has major blind spots. One big problem that many supporters have with the publication is that Rocketship Education is repeatedly referred to as a company. This term is actually quite detrimental for an institution in this position. The staff members at Rocketship Education have dedicated their career to serving a portion of the local community that may not have access to such high standards of education and when they are referred to as a company it makes it seem as though they do what they do in order to gain more wealth. This could not be further from the truth.

In 2006 Rocketship Education opened its doors to the general public. The school is a major educational institution for children of lower socioeconomic statuses and of other diverse parts of the population. They help children who do not speak English as a first language and they help children who may not be able to afford a private institution. The work that they do is completely dedicated to advancing the lives of the children that they are helping. They operate on a purely non-profit basis. This is one of the major problems that supporters have with the article. Rocketship Education is not a company that is trying to make as much money as possible off of its student population, it is a family that is hoping to advance its members into another generation.