Rocketship Education Has Improved The Educational Standards

Rocketship Education has a completely different approach to teaching and helping students learning. AT Rocketship, teachers are able to engage their students in a more active and strategized learning environment which also allows parents to engage with their kids as well. Rocketship public charter schools offer a standard curriculum, but they also provide their students with one on one learning programs as well to help them maximize their potential.

Rocketship Education’s co-founder, Preston Smith has explained to the media about the attacks against the school as of late in the media, most of which are just rude and have no basis of fact behind them. As CEO for the company, Preston Smith defends Rocketship and their vision to revolutionize the education system for kids all over the country. Why there is some accurate information in the report done by NPR, it was hurt by other bloggers and journals who misrepresent information.

One of the core goals of Rocketship Education is to eliminate the gaps int he education system for all students. This is a difficult achievement, but Rocketship Education is hard at work opening new schools and expanding on their system. According to a recent student, more than 70 percent of parents that send their kids to Rocketship Education charters schools have recommended other people to send their kids there as well. Unlike many other schools, especially in more well-to-do communities, quality education comes at a price. Rocketship works to provide an equal education to all students, regardless of their background of whether they have the necessary funds. Rocketship has gone as far as helping several students stay in their schools despite difficult home situations.

Thousands of children from all over California attend Rocketship schools every year with a huge background in diversity. Rocketship wants to get more parents involved with their schools and their kids to make a better experience for everyone. Teachers even make home visits to get better acquainted with their student’s parents and families so they can feel more at home when they are in the classroom.

DeVos Yet to Bring Strong Personality to Role as Secretary

The Secretary of the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos comes from one of the richest families in the United States, the Prince Family. The family is most famous for the Prince Corporation, an automobile parts distributor founded by her father, Edgar. On top of that, her brother founded the security company Blackwater. As you can see, she comes from a family with a long history of success that isn’t afraid to go for what it wants.


Betsy brought this attitude and work ethic of her life in both the political and philanthropic arena as manager of both the Prince Foundation and the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. She also is involved heavily with ArtPrize, an annual art competition in the city of Grand Rapids with a one million dollar prize. In politics, she has fought with Democrats in her area while working to have private school vouchers and charter schools enacted in the state of Michigan.


Betsy is married to Dick DeVos, who is most commonly known in the political community for losing out on the Republican seat for governor of Michigan in 2006. The couple has four children together.


DeVos has a reputation of being a headstrong and tireless worker. This is why her personality and behavior so far as Secretary of Education has been perplexing thus far. Her attitude has been rather meek compared to what people expected when she took the position. This has left both her proponents and her detractors wondering if this is how it’s going to be or if she will grow more confident over time.


One sign that she may be starting to strike out on her own a bit more is a recent action she took in the wake of Trump informing her that he would be ending an Obama-led policy that gave transgender students the right to choose the bathroom they wished to use. Just hours before he planned to do so, the Secretary met with representatives of LGBT employees of the DOE to warn them.


It has been said that she informed them that she opposes the measure by the President, but she had no power to stop it. This comes as a surprise to some given that she publicly supported it during a recent speech. DeVos even went so far as to say the policy signed into effect by Obama was an overreach of federal powers.


Betsy DeVos has only been Secretary for a few months, so it stands to reason that she may develop a more headstrong presence within the cabinet over time. One thing is for certain, people from her home state know what she is capable of when it comes to fighting for what she wants. The question here is whether she will bring this personality trait to the White House or if she doesn’t feel it would be appropriate given her current position.


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Orange Coast College – article recap

Ten days before the 2017 American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship to be held at Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA, Steve Morris, assistant coach of Orange Coast College Men’s Crew, oversees the early morning workout in Newport Harbor. The crew will row 2,000 meters in close to six minutes. In their 60 year history, the school has won 11 national titles, including 2016. The aptly nicknamed “Giant Killers” are going up against crews from four year universities, expecting their 12th win, May 27th and 28th.


Morris, and Coach Cameron Brown, speak of the dichotomy of rowing. From afar, the picture of eight men pulling a boat through the water in unison appears serene. Up close and personal, there is yelling, muscle strain, a determination to remain in sync. There is beauty and art to this sport according to Steve Morris. Per Brown, “It’s good for the soul.”


The satisfaction of winning a race through teamwork, acquiring physical and mental skills to overcome obstacles, ability to exceed expectations academically, athletically and professionally, these are the thoughts of those involved with OCC’s men’s crew from Daniel Amado, 22, and John Kinnear, 19, to Craig Amerkhanian, Men’s Head Coach at Stanford University.



Rowing is not easy. Usually there are about 80 students who sign up for men’s crew. By season’s end, that amount has been cut in half. This amateur sport is not for everyone, yet ten students have competed in world championships and the Olympics.


Orange Coast College is a large community college with an excess of 25,000 students enrolled per semester. Founded in 1947 in Costa Mesa, classes began in 1948. OCC now offers more than 135 academic and career programs. One of these is their public nautical program, largest and most acclaimed in the nation.


Fully accredited, OCC boasts more students transferring to four year colleges in, and out, of California, than any other Orange County community college. With year round classes, OCC offers certificates in diverse career technical education or two year programs culminating in either Associate in Arts or Science degrees.


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