Creating Equal Opportunity with Rocketship Education

Life is harder for those of us with low-income. Children who are the first in their families to go to college are more likely to get out of living as low-income people. Rocketship Education is a network of public charter schools that put children on the path to college. 25 new charter schools have been created in San Jose that serve the low income community. A study done by The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) indicates that kids get a year of math and reading more than other public schools. In Washington D.C., another school has been set up with the format that parents are involved in the building process. Parental feedback also goes into getting a teacher or not hiring a teacher.

Rocketship Education’s home base is in California. Rocketship has good test scores as part of their expanded reputation for mixing traditional teaching with online or computer assisted teaching tools. Washington D.C. has allowed 8 schools to open in the Ward 8 district, a school through fourth grade whereas in San Jose, Rocketship helps students who are just learning English. Rocketship offers a personalized educational program. Some teachers are not cut out for the level of intensity with parents that Rocketship requires. In Nashville, Tennessee, parents exercise their choice of school by moving into zones of high-performing schools. Schools that are zoned for something else are not as responsive to students as Rocketship Education can be.

Rocketship Education focuses on educating students from poorer neighborhoods. Low income areas generate less property taxes, which affects education funding. Rocketship is trying to improve the chances of children living in areas with economic problems to go to college. The four values of Rocketship Education are respect, responsibility, empathy and persistence. The fifth value is bravery to curiosity or ganas (desire). Living in an environment of toxic stress causes children to have difficulty managing their emotions. School for these students is designed to be a positive experience. One more fifth value is gratitude, which helps students build strong relationships with each other and with their teachers. The key value of Rocketship schools is gratitude. This is why Rocketship is a successful part of the public charter school system.

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