Rocketship Education is not what NPR says it is

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/.

Eva Moskowitz’ Success Academy keeps on experiencing success after success

Eva Moskowitz, the founder of the charter network Success Academy, has had a good month. First, Success Academy won a state appeals court ruling that will give her schools an award of $720,000 after it was ruled the City of New York could not force the network to use their pre-K contract.

 

A few days later, Eva Moskowitz was being given the Broad Prize for Success Academy’s academic achievements.

 

The prize is given to a charter school network each year that demonstrates superb academic results when related to students of color or those from an economically-disadvantaged background. Something Success Academy has definitely achieved with its students now in the top 10 percent of the state in math.

 

Eva Moskowitz, of course, knows good things like this do not always come in pairs.

 

Particularly as she has had to struggle against the City of New York’s insistence on overstepping their authority when it comes to the Success Academy since the Academy’s inception, while also dealing with other people in education being suspicious of what she continues to achieve.

 

Eva Moskowitz, however, has soldiered on as she believes in the mission of Success Academy as well as sees how effective it is being in the lives of the 14,000 children it currently serves.

 

Now she is moving forward with another idea. An idea that will help other schools around the country access the curriculum Success Academy uses, and hopefully see the same success.

 

Called ‘Ed Institute, the program will allow any other charter school network to have the same curriculum, tools and training information the Academy uses, and give it to them completely free of charge.

 

While this may seem as if Eva Moskowitz is giving out too much information, that is not true at all. After all, she got into the education business to give a good education to all children, no matter where they are from or how much money they have.

 

If she can help other charter schools do that in other areas of the country, she is happy to do so. That is a sign of a true educator.

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