Nowadays, inner-city areas are known for being majorly black and Latino. In these places, the inhabitants are largely low income. Their low income levels have a lot to do with their racial backgrounds and the historical circumstances with their backgrounds. Blacks and Latinos have been excluded from equal attainment of the American dream for many decades, and they are still judged as being undesirable “others.” Despite the fact that laws were made in the mid-20th century to equal out the playing field between races, blacks and Latinos are still suffering from the historical trauma of exclusion. They suffer from racism individually, as well as on a complex, institutional level. Some blacks and Latinos are poor because they are immigrants from poorer countries. However, much of the poverty in these countries resulted from slavery and subjugation of non-white peoples. Later on, the United States and European powers plunged these places into even more poverty by exploiting their resources.
Institutional racism can be seen in the fact that the traditional, publicly funded schools in their areas are horrible. Behind closed doors, conversations about places like this are spoken about as if they are jails to be avoided. This is a problem all over the United States, which is why Rocketship Education set up locations in four different American cities.
Rocketship Education’s schools currently instruct children from kindergarten up to the fifth grade. Like many other charter schools, they have their philosophy and their set of uplifting things that they push on kids. For example, they believe that college is paramount, which is why they constantly tell kids that it is important. The whole point is to catch kids in their early stages of development when their minds are still mushy and full of wonder. Once people get to be tweens and teenagers, the thickheadedness kicks in. It is especially important to tell children to do well and to get them ready for college because many children in lower income neighborhoods are not ready to go to college by the time they are finishing high school.