A Class Divided: Lessons from the past.

Frontline ran a special on racial divisions that I think should be mandatory training for all children in public schools. And more importantly, maybe the Board of Supervisors could learn a little here too. The three clips are just under 10 minutes each but well worth watching.
FRONTLINE: A Class Divided

Chapter One:

The Daring Lesson

Jane Elliott divides her 3rd graders into blue and brown-eyed groups. She tells the blue-eyes they are “the better people in this room,” gives them privileges and comments on their superiority all day. The brown eyes must wear collars.

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FRONTLINE: A Class Divided

Chapter Two: Day Two

Today, roles are reversed. Elliott says she lied and that “the truth is that brown-eyed people are better than blue-eyed people.” On this day the brown eyes score higher on a test compared to the previous day when they were “inferior.”

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FRONTLINE: A Class Divided

Chapter Three: 14 Years Later…

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  1 comment for “A Class Divided: Lessons from the past.

  1. Celeste
    February 11, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Great watch! Thanks for sharing these, Chris.

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