Rocketship Education’s 3 Hard Questions

In a recent article on Edsurge.com Rocketship Education is outlined by an NPR blogger who asks three powerful questions that are responded to by the CEO of Rocketship Preston Smith. Smith is the current CEO and President of Rocketship and has been since 2013. Studying himself at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree, In Latin Arts in 2001. See this story in details here https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-28-critique-of-rocketship-raises-three-powerful-questions.

Rocketship Education is a charter school that was founded in 2006 by Smith and John Danner. A very reputable school as it has scored just as high as the Palo Alto School District which is a flagship school.

Three questions were asked of the school and were answered in much detail by the CEO Mr. Smith. They covered classroom management, technology use, and intervention.

In concern for Rocketship Education’s classroom management, NPR has reviewed this rather negatively. Some of the concerns were classroom etiquette, routines, boundaries and rewards.

Classroom Management was the first question that was asked a the NPR is concerned about time given to go to the restroom as well as silent time. Strict rules and regulations have to be followed. If not the classroom can become very hectic very quickly.it is important to have strong rules and regulations. Rocketship Education has adopted some of the strictest rules that are the same as those of highly structured charter schools.

Technology use has become an important part of any school curriculum. With the NPR having concerns that the students at Rocketship Education is spending too much time on their computers. CEO Preston Smith has assured that time spent on computers are spread out throughout the day on 5 different programs. He assured that time is spent exploring the what each student is doing with their time on the computers and what they are learning and if it is harmful. Read this story in details in this article.

Intervention is the third question that was asked in the article. The concern from the NPR is that the least qualified staff members given the most challenging tasks to complete. Can this staff member manage an online class of 80 members? The main question being asked is the person that is non-certified qualified t be teaching these students.

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