An Overview of the Rocketship Education Piece by Kamenetz

The Rocketship Charter Schools have continued to receive coverage by NPR over the 6/24 story that has continued to gain attention on Facebook and Twitter. The coverage story titled “High Test Scores, But At What Cost” has received plenty of people who not only defend it, but also admire the coverage. One of the many supporters of the story includes Audrey Watters who tweeted that the story had great reporting on Rocketship’s chain of tech-centric schools. However, despite all that was reviled in the tale, Kamenetz also sheds new light on other internal practices of the Rocketship Charter Schools that may not have been reported earlier on.

The additional report was in the form of a 3800-word story. But not everyone seems to agree with the coverage. Critics especially Education Education supporters suggest that the coverage piece done by NPR may not have painted a complete and fair picture of the Rocketship Education Charter Schools. The coverage only focused on the challenges the schools experienced without many contexts to the success of the school. The original blog post written by Anya Kamenetz describes Rocketship School system as one of the most nationally applauded charter networks. But the one flaw with this post is that it relies on the questionable practices reports of the system, and later goes on to suggest that these practices are quite familiar to other networks.

Another flow about the piece is that it includes little to no information whatsoever as to why the Rocketship Education schools are quite popular. It also gives a context of a handful of critical anecdotes, which offer no particular information about the school. In short, the article is deep but narrow. Another specific aspect of the piece is that Kamenetz constantly refers to Rocketship Education as a company instead of a school. The choice of words is a tremendously sensitive issue, especially in the education sector.

The use of words like a company can bring out accusations of the school being privatized or commercial. However, defenders of this particular article most of them being Rocketship Education critics point out that the term company has numerous meanings. According to Kamenetz on Twitter, the term Company according to dictionary definition is some people associated or assembled. She also claimed that the use of the term Company was to ensure there was no repetition. This mistake made NPR decline to make the editors and Kamenetz talk about the story. It also makes the piece look more like a take down, rather than an unbiased article.

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Rocketship Education and Its Impact on Society

About Rocketship Education

Rocketship Education is a not-for-profit network of public charter schools. The system provides quality public schools for children and English language learners from low-income families in San-Jose. They achieve this by creating a good environment for quality public schools by working with community groups, parents, and teachers. The group launched the first school in 2007. Over the years, the number has grown to around 25 public charter schools.

Parents’ Role in Hiring Teachers at Rocketship Education Charter Schools

An article written by Perry Stein in The Washington Post on February 2016 explained how parents are taking part in the hiring of teachers, at the first school by this foundation in Washington, D.C. According to the co-founder and the CEO of the organization Preston Smith, parent participation in their schools has been practiced for a long time. Besides, their schools have become popular because of their personalized and blended-learning style.

According to Smith, training on how to do panel interviews is undertaken by the families who will participate in this exercise. In other cases, the parents get an opportunity to meet applicants during a community meeting. Although their input is highly considered, Smith hardly remembers a time there was a disagreement between the parents and the school leaders.

It is up to the candidates to decide whether they are ready for the task. Smith recalls a time when an applicant walked out of the interview and cited the high level of intensity by the parents as the cause. He says he was happy with the decision taken by the candidate.

Many parents appreciate when they are given an opportunity to take part in this critical process. They get the chance to know the people they will entrust with their children. They get an opportunity to understand the personalities of these teachers.

By participating in this process, parents and guardianl get an opportunity to learn how to advocate for their champion for their children long after leaving Rocketship. The school is planning to have visits to each student’s home. Besides, the school plans to have various functions that will enhance the participation of parents.