Too may problems plague inner-city neighborhoods and their traditional, government funded educational establishments. Low attendance, horrid behavior, violence, low grades, little to no preparation for higher education, shoddier materials, gang activity, teen-pregnancy, prostitution, bullying and little parental involvement are all problems. Rocketship Education has tailored the way that they teach kids in such a fashion where they are trying to lessen these problems. For example, they intensely condition children to expect to go to college. Also, they frequently tell kids that the sky is the limit when it comes to what they can be when they grow up. Rocketship Education is trying to encourage kids to get past the influence of negative, subversive forces in their communities—forces that will, ultimately, lead to their demise, lead them to a pit of misery, keep them impoverished and/or make them sick.
Rocketship Education is a manifestation of the 21st century, having been established in the year 2006. In 2018, Rocket Education is only 12 years old, which is a sharp contrast to how some elementary schools are more or less than 100 years, with their first students being either dead or extremely elderly. The first graduates of Rocketship Education are still relatively young, being in their late teens and early twenties.
It is great to have schools that have a nurturing attitude about educating low-income children—particularly those of non-model minority racial backgrounds. Through history, society has had a negative, “Let’s give up,” attitude about educating minority kids. Even with liberal policies and leadership, children from these backgrounds have been neglected, condescended and just plain misunderstood.
The misunderstandings that lead to the neglect of minority children are known by officials who work for Rocketship Education. This is the reason why they base the school’s activities on support from parents and communities. For too long, the education system has been a system of a bunch of “qualified” bureaucrats making decisions for people who they cannot relate to, at all. To properly serve children, their plights and needs must be understood. The path to understanding is communication between teachers, students and parents. People it the community need to be involved in school decisions.