I enjoyed working with professor D.Watkins and Eric Rice, Kondwani, Damien, and the students at John Hopkins Hospital. Most kids my age don’t get to experience greta opportunities like this and I am grateful. Most think that knowing the social context of urban education is not important, and that’s fine. However, this class taught me not to view things from only my perspective but to view from other point of views.

Being able to gain the skill of viewing others perspectives and point of view is a powerful skill and can be used for all sorts of things living day to day in urban environments. That skill, in my hood, is worth more than the newest pair of Pradas. The lack of not knowing this skill can land people in jail caskets, hospital beds, or wheelchairs. This skill is much needed to survive in urban environments, although it is overlooked.

In the beginning of the class Eric said that one of his goals was for the class to question ourselves and say what community we are a part of. First I said that I didn’t need to ask myself this question because I already knew it. Then I thought, I honestly don’t. I felt lost. I only had one perspective before being introduced to the course, and that was all I knew. The first day of the class was strange and a new experience. Something that I honestly thought wasn’t for me because growing up in this city you don’t want to hear anything that you don’t know about this city, because you think you know everything.

The second time I came to class, towards the end, I said to myself, “I can get the hang of this,” because it’s vital information that I need to help better myself. This class gave me motivation, knowledge, and I gained several new perspectives on life and I understand the social context of urban education. I feel like I’ve acquired a skill worth more than any high priced item in the world. I’m now able to let others know of the social context of urban education, because I believe we all should be able process and know the primary context in most communities in Baltimore. Today, our minds shouldn’t be set and locked to one subject nor community. As people, it’s our job to educate ourselves; we cannot sit around and complain and wait on somebody to come along and teach us the context. We have to want to know as bad as we want to breathe.

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