Another scene that stood out was when the superior group of children felt like they were in power; they completely turned on the other group with no remorse. On the second day of the experiment, brown-eyed people were declared superior to the blue-eyed people. The children instantly started to change their behavior to the inferior children. A class divided is a documentary about a teacher named Jane Elliot who teaches her students about racism first hand. Back in high school most assignments were reactionary.
Elliot conducted this experiment on her third grade class based on students having blues eyes or brown eyes. I thought that this documentary was very interesting. With the assassination of Rev Martin Luther King the night before this assignment was sure not to be an easy task. Like I said, things that were once socially acceptable in those times are no longer acceptable now. Tyrone, I was struck by the her talking about potential danger as well. This video relates to several chapters in our sociology book, the main chapter being chapter ten, race and ethnicity. I have learned a lot about discrimination by watching this video.
It's unbelievable that the adults acted in much the way the 3rd graders then. Jane Elliot, a teacher at Community Elementary School, in the small town of Riceville, Iowa, executed an experiment with her third grade students. Just like the third-grade students, they lash out in pain and anger. It's cruel to white children and will cause them great psychological damage. All of the students said it was a lesson they have never forgotten and something that changed their lives forever. On the first day of the exercise, she designated the blue-eyed children as the superior group.
At 2:30 on that Wednesday, Elliott told the blue-eyed children to take off their collars. These stereotypes damn black people from the start, only fulfilling the low expectations society has placed on them and letting that act as a mental barrier. Experiment: On the first day of the experiment, the students were told that blued-eyed people are better than brown-eyed people. Proving that they were self fulfilling prophecies. Albeit my college writing career has just begun I feel as though I have moved leaps and bounds above my expectations, but still have plenty of room for improvement. The way American society is set-up directly affects how we perceive. We could also relate this video to chapter seventeen, which talks about social change: collective behavior, social movements and technology.
In order to operate huge tracts of land as effective farms, the white land owners of the New World, which included what later became America, the Caribbean, and South America, sought slaves from Africa to do the work required to make the white men rich. On the first day, the blue-eyed children were told they were smarter, nicer, neater, and better than those with brown eyes. If a study like this was used on my child, I would have no objection. Elliot was surprised at how fast her third-graders turned. In 1953, she began her teaching career in a one-room school in. The Gilded Age was a time when wealthy elite amassed their riches and built their opulent mansions while their workers often lived in squalor.
Use this concrete experience throughout the unit as a teaching tool. Perception is filtered by many factors. During these two days Jane Elliot would make comments about the children wearing the collars to degrade them. She divides the students into two groups, the blue eyes, and the brown eyes. Elliot kept throwing out negative comments, the adults never really argued with her. The lesson: treat your students as inferior and they will act inferior. After going through the exercise their overall scores would have a significant incline.
I just watched the whole thing online and was practically in tears by the end of it, though I agree with the teacher when she said at the end that the experiment could be potentially damaging to children. Kennedy was killed several years ago, his widow held us together. In fact I would argue that they are more experiencing oppression than discrimination. Their grades on simple tests were better, and they completed mathematical and reading tasks that had seemed outside their ability before. A Class Divided could be very helpful on an individual level for personal reflection. In fact, there were only two black people in our town and they happened to be two of my cousins who were adopted. Jane Elliot turned her classroom into a small scrimmaging society in a sense.
However, as news of her exercise spread, she appeared on more television shows and started to repeat the exercise in professional training days for adults. T, you wouldn't have lasted a second with this woman. Slave trade between Africa and the Americas began soon after Columbus arrived in the New World, but it grew slowly at first. Elliott divided her class by eye color — those with blue eyes and those with brown. We like to be the same as everyone else; we do not like to stand out. Elliot saying these kinds of things, they would also chime in and begin saying things about the kids wearing the collars. Jane Elliot does a great job at not only telling people about racism and discrimination, but also showing how it affects us, and how easy it is to go with the crowd.
When white people sit down to discuss racism what they are experiencing is shared ignorance. One they would never forget. So I allowed myself to fill what the writer was writing to try and fill what Jane Elliott had felt that day in April in 1968. They group was closer to one another and they were teaching their children not to be prejudiced. Those with blue eyes had to wear a green ribbon. In 1968, Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
In contrast, the brown-eyed children had to wear collars around their necks and their behavior and performance were criticized and ridiculed by Elliott. Academic performance was effected too. This experiment was recorded and made into a documentary which was shared with many people, including a group of prisoners. Elliot also led the children to decide that since blue eyed Greg said he likes to hit his litter sister, this conveys blue eyed people are naughty. That's when she suggested to the class, that maybe separating the classroom based on eye-color would help better understand what people of different skin-color go through, to which the students agreed. Elliott provided brown fabric collars and asked the blue-eyed students to wrap them around the necks of their brown-eyed peers as a method to easily identify the minority group.