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Teachers discuss 'retooling' education of Civil War history
The Daily Progress Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Before teachers, students and community members climb into buses and drive to visit several civil rights sites this summer, leaders were asked to “retool” their understanding of the Civil War.

For teachers, that retooling came in the form of a daylong training about area monuments and suggestions for using them in the classroom.

Many teachers learned a false or incomplete version of Civil War and civil rights history, and it’s important for them to receive an update and some tips to give children more involvement and a better understanding of local history, said Jalane Schmidt, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and a leader of the project. The Equal Justice Initiative, which recently opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, required the training for teachers leading an upcoming essay contest for local schoolchildren.

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