Eye of the storm divides class

February 17, 2010 at 2:39 am 1 comment

The Frontine documentary “A Class Divided” is a gripping and important study of power, status, discrimination, and social psychology—one of the more affecting and illuminating videos I have ever watched. As powerful as the blue eyed/brown eyed exercise is with third grade students, it is perhaps even more revealing when adult prison guards and administrators participate in the workshop towards the second half of the video. (The entire video can be watched below or at the website linked above.)

One day in 1968, Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power thirty years later.


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  • 1. Josh  |  February 18, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Incredible! Priceless! Where is it now?!

    Imagine doing this now…someone would be sued!


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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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