The July 30 front-page article “Rocketship prepares for its big launch” highlighted the Rocketship charter school model, which touts its ability to improve student achievement in reading and math. But the story buried an unpleasant fact: Rocketship cheats its students out of a well-rounded education.
The reader has to reach paragraph 78 of a 95-paragraph story to learn that “Rocketship focuses exclusively on reading and math. . . .” If “regular” public schools devoted 100 percent of an eight-hour school day to teaching reading and math, their students would score well on reading and math tests, too. But at what cost?