Do urban kids have opportunity to go to “some other place?”

Posted: April 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

I went to my dad’s house on the Eastern Shore today and I took some photos of the neighborhood he lives in. I figure I don’t need many words in this blog to make my point. Kids living in poverty/near poverty in urban neighborhoods may not realize that neighborhoods like this even exist. They may think this lifestyle is for Hollywood only. Well I ventured an hour and fifteen minutes from Baltimore and I shot the pictures seen in this blog.

To get a better view of the photos, click them and they will be enlarged.

Are urban kids getting out of their neighborhoods and exploring how other people live? If not, how do we get them out of their neighborhoods?

Urban kids can grow up to live in these neighborhoods, but first we need to show them that these places exist (outside of MTV Cribs).

  1. Cybrary Man says:

    Most of the students I taught in the inner city in Brooklyn, New York were very insular. They did not know New York City. I used to take them on class trips to different areas of the city.

    • mdeducator81 says:

      That’s great that you helped to expand your students’ horizons. It’s hard to strive for something that one has never experienced, so I think visiting different places is a great motivator.

  2. Chanel says:

    i love it…. looks so quite! i miss that…. sleeping @ night just hearing the birds and the bugs chirping……

    • mdeducator81 says:

      It’s a beautiful neighborhood and I see deer almost every time I go there. I have some great photos of some ospreys I took last summer. It is very peaceful to be amongst nature and away from the hectic city life for a while. My dad is thinking of moving, but I hope he stays!

  3. Katie says:

    When I worked with kids in D.C., I never witnessed an opportunity for them to experience nature, except maybe through pictures. The kids I worked with never even went on field trips to the parks that D.C. has to offer. But think how much stimulation they are missing every single day. When you live in a neighborhood like this, you can actually see the wildlife and the water, and ride your bike through long stretches of trees. To them a neighborhood like that is about as real as Hannah Montana.

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