Across the country, schools everywhere are grappling with integral questions regarding classroom management, technology use, and resource allocation. Educators, parents, and even politician agree that the education of the nation’s young people is a high priority, but exactly how schools should accomplish this is a hotly contested debate. Recently, Rocketship Education came under fire. See the whole story in details in this article.
The first point of contention is classroom management. Once, again, everyone can agree that rules and routines are a necessary part of success for a student. But where is the line between an orderly classroom and a militant one? While Rocketship Education as well as charter schools all over try to keep a balance, that carefully crafted symmetry is in perpetual flux. This problem can only be addressed at a classroom level, and it requires teachers and other staff members to carefully consider their own biases and self-improvement for the benefit of the students.
Increasingly, parents are becoming concerned about children and screen time. But with the rate technology is incorporated into the workplace, technology is quickly becoming a thing school cannot ignore. At Rocketship Education, students work in small groups on a rotation that allows for both technology experience and teacher interaction. Again, the balancing act is in the implementation and how long children are working with the software. Regardless, it is a challenge faced by all schools.
And finally, there is the challenge of staff allocation. Which students deserve the attention of a teacher or staff member. Should more resources be paid on struggling students or more successful ones? Can non-certified teachers or software be used to help ease the burden placed on teachers? The education of a single student is highly personal and a single policy will not be sufficient for each and every student. These are difficult and complicated questions that each school should be asked, not just Rocketship Education. Parents, educators, and policymakers owe children in every school careful consideration and equally careful action.
Rocketship Education is a non-profit network of charter schools focused on under served neighborhoods across the United States.
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