Connections: How to teach accurate and culturally sensitive lessons about slavery
A fourth-grade lesson about slavery has led to backlash. A worksheet given to students in a Pittsford classroom taught that slaves voluntarily agreed to work for colonists in "exchange for the trip to America." Superintendent Michael Pero apologized for the worksheet's "highly insensitive" tone. The incident, and others like it, has led to conversations about how to teach lessons about slavery in accurate and culturally sensitive ways.
Our guests this hour share their perspectives:
- Jeremy Smith, site director for the Freedom Scholars Learning Center, Inc.
- Amanda Chestnut, artist and educator
- Channing Harrell, first-year psychology student at St. John Fisher College
- Tom Ackerman, second-year biology student at SUNY Geneseo