People born to low-income households are many times more likely to live their lives with fewer freedoms than their wealthier counterparts. Unfortunately for kids who can’t help their situations in any reasonable way, public schools in low-income neighborhoods are often very low-quality in terms of standardized test scores, have high likelihoods of students to not succeed in life, and countless times more likely to birth kids in the same low-income households that they and their peers grew up in than more-fortunate kids they likely didn’t even go to school with.
Voucher programs aren’t fair, cost tons of money, and still leave a vast majority of disadvantaged kids out of getting high-quality educational experiences. Governments generally don’t give extra funding to poorly-performing schools in not-so-great neighborhoods.
Rocketship Education has, in fact, brought better chances at success to kids in low-income neighborhoods that have almost always never had good schools around them. The charter school system currently operates just short of 20 locations – 19, to be exact – across the United States. Every facility is found in a low-income neighborhood, and every educational facility in the Rocketship Education charter school network also goes as far as earning higher standardized test results than virtually every other school in their districts. The same can be said when these Rocketship Education facilities are compared to others in similar environments – high crime, low income, relatively high violence in most cases, and almost certainly high unemployment levels – because of the personalized education efforts it pushes on students.
Technology generally isn’t an answer to poor student performance
Let’s get this out of the way – anybody can have far too much of anything, whether that substance is alcohol, water, living around industrial areas with tons of smog and traffic, or fruit. As such, modern electronic devices could also be bad for students, but they’re far more likely to do harm to students than the aforementioned situations.
Rather than letting students use these devices too frequently for too long, students are given 15 minutes on five unique stations once per day for a total of 75 minutes of personalized learning to help kids pick up concepts they’ve been struggling with on an individual basis.