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    • A Class Divided by Jane Elliott

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      The second film in our ‘from the vault’ section is a very special 1968 documentary. This is a CLASSIC that will blow your mind. 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 their story: a story that has made a dramatic impact on modern society as we know it.


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      Published on April 16, 2010 · Filed under: Biology, Environment, Editor's Picks, From the Vault, Lifestyle, Society, Psychology
    • Carl

      Very good documentary. Check out documentaries on the Milgram or Stanford Prison experiments for similiar insights into how easily it is to get normal people to act like psychopaths :P

    • torhilda

      Worth watching.

    • Teela

      So, this is the forerunner of ‘the Wave’… If you haven’t seen it, do! Either the american one from the seventies or the more contemporary german remake. They are both angled more towards the mentality within a discriminating group, but it’s much the same idea that’s being explored.

      And also, to respond to the comment above; it’s in our nature to separate and label things, so of course we do that with people too! Just think how stupid a non-discriminating person would be; e.g. a person who would say ‘all fire is different, this fire might burn you, while that won’t’.
      That doesn’t mean I’m propagating for it, hell no! I, myself, was picked on as a kid because I was different, but I think discarding discrimination as something alltogether bad, without understanding why we do it is kinda ignorant and shouldn’t be done, because if you understand the roots of this behaviour we’ll know better how to relate to it.
      So, the mentality will always be there (and you better hope it will), but hopefully, future people will treat each other with curiousity, rather than hostility.

    • Michelle

      I loved this, and I absolutely love her!! Oh and by the way, if your going to write comments on here please, please, please learn punctuation and grammar. If your going to write something then write it correctly! If makes you look ignorant. Also I agree John needs to watch the film again, he obviously didn’t get the message of this documentary.

    • Paula

      This is a great teacher! All our teachers form the minds of youth and we would be fortunate if one out of every 100 teachers in today were allowed to teach truth and fairness in their classrooms. For every one of us who forgot what it was like in third grade, we should be contacting our congresspersons and insisting that instead of funding a war we should be funding education and properly pay the men and women who are civil servants in our great country.

    • Eric

      Very informative, and mind opening! I see some kind of racism everyday, and I think about it. I’m 18 years old and white. In school I see muslems and other nationalities that fall into the “gangster image” that the media created. It seems like it’s just a youth thing, I hope. But they seem aggressive, loud, childish and lazy, and you can actually sense some racism from their side. I don’t want to judge people by their religion, nationality or skin color, but it just seems that there are certain facts that cannot be denied. But I also know that there are a lot of foreigners who have grown up to be very educated and informed on the issue of racism and descrimination.