If history is any guide, this month’s issue should be a hit—or possibly an aggravation—to all those with an interest in the very hot topic of secondary school education. It’s hot because Baltimoreans have strong opinions on the subject (as we’ve discovered in the past when we’ve ranked the area’s top public and private high schools).
We didn’t rank them this year, though, in part because we know that no school is right for every student, but also because the number of schools for families to choose from, both public and private, has exploded in recent years. Instead, we highlighted excellent, innovative programs (whether in arts, science, or liberal arts, or because of their experiential classroom approach) and identified the kind of students who thrive at each. The fruits of senior editor Evan Serpick’s research certainly underscore the huge advancements that have occurred in high school education since people my age were in school.
We round out the issue with a fall travel piece on birdwatching, a terrific fashion shoot, and a fun piece that gets into the heads of individual Ravens, to name just a few. We think you’ll enjoy the lineup, but we’re sure you’ll let us know if you don’t. (Yes, we’re expecting a few letters on the schools piece.)
Regular readers of this column know that I like to tout our website every now and then, and that’s true this month more than ever.
Head over to baltimoremagazine.net and you’ll find a slick new redesign, plus a ton of new features.
Want to comment on one of our stories? Go right ahead. Just create an account (trust me, it’s quick and easy—and free!) and start commenting away. Want to watch and share our videos? Go for it, because they’re now available in higher resolutions.
We’ve also added an event calendar listing some of our editors’ picks. Plus, we’ve made some new additions to our ever-popular Dining Guide, including a new option to search for restaurants by cuisine.
There’s a whole lot more to see, but I’ll let you click around and find the rest of the new features for yourself.
And if you’ve got suggestions for things you’d like to see on our site, don’t be shy about e-mailing our editors or our Online Director, Alex Ball (who was largely responsible for pulling these upgrades together), by using our “Contact Us” page. Or e-mail Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who knows, we might even be cooking up something you were invisioning in our web lab already, like our upcoming sports blog.
We were saddened to learn of the death on July 26 of 100-year-old John Pente, a part of Little Italy’s history who we profiled two issues ago.
Our condolences go out to his sons, Joseph and John Jr., his daughter Margaret, and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.