Today was an eventful day for our urban education trip. After having lunch, we met with a PR Representative for one of Baltimore’s charter schools. We were unable to visit the school because of MSA testing but she did a great job of describing the charter program and the school’s day-to-day. The school seemed to produce great testing scores, but I found myself questioning the method. The school she described seemed to be almost like bootcamp and very militaristic in nature. I couldn’t help but envision the school’s teaching method focusing on branding rather than actual community. What I mean by branding is that high test scores and maintaining the schools image is more important than actually helping for the sake of helping.
After meeting with this school rep, we returned to Midtown Academy and definitely made progress with our group. We focused on exploring college websites and our group was actively participating with many questions. We explored the collegeboard.com website and Maddy did a great job of opening the door to various types of colleges.
Following are long day we made a trip to Chap’s Pit Beef. I have to say it was the best BBQ I have had in a long time. The Pit Beef was phenomenal and I highly recommend it to anyone staying in Baltimore.