This was awesome hookup with Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our tour guide, Zella, captivated students' attention, telling us not only about the house and the plantation, but about the people who lived there - most of whom were Thomas Jefferson's enslaved people. Students were extremely well-behaved during the virtual field trip. They wanted to learn more when the session was over.
We understand that most of our heroes are flawed. Jefferson is no different in that sense. There are lots of little things that make some of us cringe when we hear them. Those are the events that season our history. Sometimes it is distasteful, but it is always interesting, and we are made better by learning from it.