All young people in the United States of America – as well as the world – should have direct access to high-quality public education. However, this is nothing more than a dream, as it’s undeniably unfeasible to boost standards of education across low-income areas, in particular, those that have few resources to hire new teachers, consult paid experts, and research pedagogical methodologies to ultimately improve how well they learn.

Rocketship Education is a nexus of public charter schools located from coast to coast in the United States. Founded by Preston Smith and John Danner in 2007, RSED – the school’s initialism – was one of the pioneers of personalized education, in which students’ time in lectures is supplemented with individualized learning plans carried out on tablets, laptops, and other technological devices on a per-student basis.

Preston Smith still remains with RSED, having served as President for the past four-plus years. Believably so, he organized a committee that founded a primary school in his hometown of San Jose not long before he branched off to form RSED. With a long history in childhood education, Smith has been privy to tons of invaluable tidbits of knowledge – below are the most important.

The meaningful inclusion model states that disabled students should spend around 80 percent of their time at school in regular, general purpose classrooms. This is opposed to most other schools’ policies, in which special education teachers’ interactions take up a sizable chunk of their time at school. Including disabled persons in normal aspects of education is important for building everyone’s ability to deal with those who aren’t exactly perfect to be around.

Parents should never be afraid of pulling their children from schools that aren’t cutting it. As the only people who can legally, rightfully take their children out of certain schools, parents must be willing to join together and “stick it to the man,” if the proverbial man isn’t offering top-notch learning environments.

Each RSED location studies its kids’ demographic makeup. Next, each institution hires teachers based on their relation to students’ backgrounds, traits, and characteristics. This boosts their willingness to learn and satisfaction from being in class.

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