Rocketship Education’s Schooling Is Superb – Why Hate?

Anya Kamenetz, a writer for National Public Radio – or NPR, as it’s more often called – penned a wide-open critique of the Rocketship Education line of schools in June 2016. Although the piece is now two years old, parents, family members, and the constituents of communities that are nearby schools including Rocketship Education have continually seen bad rep across the front page of Google – Kamenetz’s article often takes one of the top spots on the world-popular search engine for searches of “Rocketship Education,” “RSED,” “Rocketeers,” and other terms and phrases related to the school.

Criticizing schools or other organizations that are necessary for maintaining and evolving modern society is objectively great

Some people get paid to write about particular, specific things like the United States’ Deep South region’s higher education institutions’ biology programs, charter schools like Rocketship Education, or cover high school sports for a nearby district. While others aren’t paid writers’ salaries or wages for writing about such specific topics, the fact that people are able to objectively review public systems like schools is nothing but positive in terms of boosting transparency in hopes of maintaining high-quality schools.

However, NPR’s largely-incorrect article on Rocketship Education isn’t great for anything – well, maybe Rocketship’s many competitors or people inherently interested in reading misleading or downright fake news.

EdSurge, a digital education-related publication had some strong sentiments for NPR and Anya Kamentez

It’s safe to assume that at least 99 percent of schools across the United States have structured daily schedules to send students to things like lunch, recess, and between-class intermissions. EdSurge supported – and still does support – Rocketship Education’s strict time-management strategies.

Part of Rocketeers’ days involves so-called, self-explanatory “silent time,” something Anya didn’t agree with.

Tech use was also supported by EdSurge

Overusing anything can have negative consequences, though modern electronic device overuse can lead to serious problems. Anya, an author of a digital hygiene book for adults to help parent children’s tech use, didn’t support Rocketship allotting 80 minutes per day for personalized education sessions using tablets and computers.

80 minutes is very modest, especially considering students swap stations five times per 80-minute stretch.