Jonathan Edwards Sr. Though he recognized the cruelty of the slave trade and considered enslaved people his spiritual equals, Edwards himself owned slaves throughout his life and career. Theologian Jonathan Edwards served as president of what was then the College of New Jersey for only 35 days in before succumbing to smallpox. Patriarchal authority organized the world in which Jonathan Edwards was raised. The future Princeton president, born in Windsor, Connecticut, in , belonged to a family whose men held significant social and religious influence in the Connecticut River Valley.
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The district's changes, incorporated alongside required state changes to social studies education, arrive as it has come under fire for homework assignments regarding slavery. WCS Superintendent Mike Looney confirmed a homework assignment handed out in an eighth grade class the week of March 24 asked students to list the pros and cons of slavery. He did not say whether or not the teacher who handed out the assignment received disciplinary action. Last month, two WCS social studies teachers resigned over a different homework assignment that asked middle school students to pretend their families owned slaves. Help us power more stories like this one. Become a subscriber today. Looney tasked the district's cultural competency council , a diverse group of parents and educators, with providing input on the curriculum, as several parents in the council reported issues with racially-insensitive comments made on Civil War-related field trips.
Introductory Activity: 1 Point out the seven by nine foot masking tape rectangle on the floor of your classroom. Ask for a student volunteer to sit in the rectangle. Ask your students to imagine that the rectangle is a wooden box with a lid on it. What would it be like inside the box?
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