The NPR article “High Test Scores – But at What Cost?” discusses the Rocketship Education that spreads across 13 schools, highlighting the fact that this school is considered one of the top charter schools in the country and its innovation knows no bounds when it comes to learning. Where it has seemed to miss the mark, as some have pointed out, is that certain troubling practices were done at the schools and were not atypical of charter schools.
Rocketship Education has been accused of pressuring students, taking severe disciplinary actions to straighten out students, pressing them with grueling hours and much more. NPR blogger Anya Kamenetz stated that fairness was shown having interviewed a parent who was pleased with the Rocketship Education and one who showed dissatisfaction. The issue comes with missing details about the reason why these schools have been drawing so much attention in the media and or not providing context for stories behind the article.
Painting the Rocketship Education system as a company implies that the charter schools are part of a manipulative, money-hungry corporation as a whole. Any educational facility or facilities being faced with such salacious accusations could come under great scrutiny. It really doesn’t positively represent the powerful impact that schools in general but specifically charter schools in this case.
Not one point in the article was it stated where the company was considered to be referred to as an organization or a nonprofit. With the ridiculous idea that a company such as this one would view students as stacks of money comes a desire to flip a narrative about Rocketship being more business-minded than focusing on students.
The concept of labeling the Rocketship name as anything more than an organization for the greater good of its students is a vicious attack on everything that education stands for and is the complete opposite of genuine journalism. In fact, the outrageous opinions made by NPR seem to be leading to something resembling more of a disparaging collection of words as opposed to straightforward journalism. Read this story in details here https://www.the74million.org/article/response-what-nprs-hit-piece-got-wrong-in-attacking-rocketships-impressive-results/.