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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: