An article about Rocketship Education is being criticized as unfair, inaccurate, and not balanced according to critics. Many critics, mostly supporters of the Rocketship Education charter school organization reacted on the article claiming that it failed to present its claim in a fair perspective. Additionally, critics noticed its failure to define what the charter school organization is all about. Moreover, it defined the organization as a company, which rather sends a different image to readers.
Challenges of Rocketship Education
According to the NPR article, Rocketship Education faces a lot of challenges. But, the critics noted that the challenges cited are the same challenges that all schools including public schools are experiencing. Critics were quick to point that it appears the article is singling out the charter school when the issue should be treated in a general perspective since it is experienced by the entire system.
Additionally, the article pointed out several issues like the extreme pressure to succeed in terms of academics, strict discipline, the usual traditional classroom practices, and the long number of hours student spend at school. Critics highlighted that the issues are a general one that all schools are having a hard time dealing with and not just Rocketship Education. Critics said that despite these issues, parents are glad of the results and have been loyal to the schools that offer the same system.
Rocketship Education as A Company
In addition to the issues mentioned earlier, critics also noticed that the writer repeatedly referred to Rocketship Education as a company. To some, the term was inaccurately used and rather sends a misleading perception to the readers. The argument is that the term company refers to a for-profit business, which Rocketship Education is not. Also, critics pointed out that the article did not clearly state that non-profit organizations support for-profit ventures by purchasing their products and services.
The author defended this and on Twitter said that she used the term company when referring to Rocketship Education to avoid using words repeatedly. But, according to critics, nowhere in the article was the term non-profit organization used to refer to the charter school organization. They also pointed out that the author repeatedly used the term company 4 times, Rocketship schools 8 times, and Rocketship 68 times.
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