At first glance, the Rocketship Education group of charter institutions has an innovative and more comprehensive way for children to learn. At the forefront of technology, they have implemented a nice tech and traditional methods of learning so students can retain and utilize important skills and reach their full potential. Rocketship education has their students scoring higher on their state tests than their peers attending a traditional school system. They have implemented a very structured and strict system that seems to be working academically, but there are some things that definitely need to be fixed within the Rocketship Education system. Because the teacher’s pay depends on students scored, there have been reported cases of the students having to retake state exams to receive higher scores. Former employees have stated that these competitive environments lead to a degree of forged data, which in turn, can end up hurting and putting unnecessary pressure on the students and on the teachers.
Part of what comes with these tech-integrated solutions to learning with Rocketship Education, are lower paid “instructors” who are there mostly to maintain order in the labs while children do their computer work. Having these under-trained individuals tending to the kids has caused some issues with the care and attention the students are receiving from the Rocket Education system, and has even lead to some lawsuits and objections from the parents. Some of these issues included things like children not getting required bathroom breaks and therefore getting infections. Parents are concerned with the tech-heavy instruction models leaving the teacher to student ratio fairly low. Disciplinary actions have also been overdone, to the extent of hours of enforced silence which they call “Zone Zero”.
Although Rocketship Education has some serious potential in the way students are taught. There are things that need to change in the Rocketship Education system so that the teacher/student treatment becomes more reasonable. The care and safety of the students needs to come before anything. Once Rocketship Education implements better strategies for this care, the system will be on track to optimally serve their students and teachers.
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