Rocketship Charter Schools and NPR

Rocketship Public Schools are non profit Charter Schools. They have headquarters in Redwood City, California. The school was founded by Preston Smith and John Danner in 2006. National Public Radio recently did a story about Rocketship Charter Schools. Critics of the news story are saying that it lacked a sense of balance and focused too much on the challenges that the school is facing and not giving the institute enough credit. The NPR news story said that the hours are too long. There is too much pressure placed on the students. Discipline is too extensive and classroom protocols are too ritualistic. All of this is actually similar to the protocols of other Charter Schools across the country. The parents who enroll their children at these schools are supportive about the way things are run there. Non the less these schools have been increasingly scrutinized throughout the country.

Rocketship Schools have relied on a model that relies on modern technology. They realized that this might need to be changed. Their expansion goals might need to be lowered. This has become the subject that is being looked at. The news gives practically no concern as to what makes the schools so popular. Retesting and limiting bathroom breaks are some how questioned. Don’t other types of schools follow a similar routine? Exactly how many parents are taking their children out of the schools? Things of this nature are simply not looked into in the news story.

The story was negative when it came to classroom management. How is this so? Rocketship simply places high standards on their students. Many other schools also do. There is a tendency to see extremes but without good discipline a good education is simply not possible. At a National Charter School Association Conference Secretary John B. King Jr. spoke about his experience with a charter management network in New York. He stated that school discipline and creating a conversation around it is important. It is essential to try to steer away from extreme points of view. The success of the education of the student needs to always come first.