Education is the great equalizer. Take a child from a privileged background and put him I the same class with a child from a poor background, put them in the same learning environment and you’ve eliminated the uneven odds. These children will learn from the same teacher, have the same opportunities and be able to choose for themselves the kinds of life they want to lead. On the other hand, if one of the children gets inferior quality of education, he or she cannot compete with the others when it’s time to go out and find jobs.
Inferior education quality is sentencing a child to getting less out of life due to fewer opportunities than what they deserve. It is because of this that Rocketship education has dedicated itself to equalizing education in San Jose. Rocketship education is a non-profit organization that works with educators, community organizations and parents to create an ecosystem of equality in public schools.
Over the years, the scene of education in San Jose has been taken over by private schools. Parents scramble for spots for their children in these schools because of the facilities they have and the better quality of education they have been able to provide. This has left those who cannot afford private schools at a disadvantage. Their children end up with limited opportunities.
Since its foundation in 2007, Rocketship education has seen quite a number of children go to college and universities. This initially was not so frequent as most students from public schools could barely afford the fee needed. It has also seen 25 public schools with state of the art equipment start up in the area. This has done wonders to providing low-income families with the same quality education other schools give. This has not only brought back respect to the public schools, it has also enabled the children attending these schools to catch up with their learning.
According to a study by The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, the students who go to schools supported by Rocketship education gain more than a month’s worth of learning every year they attend school. This success rate has attacted many philanthropists to support this course. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, have donated engineers to help develop personalized learning platforms for the students. The models these engineers will come up with will later be shared to other schools.
By evening out the field of education in San Jose, rocketship has given many children a hope of a brighter future.