Lesson Summary Jane Elliott is a teacher and one of the first diversity trainers. They were given extra recess time, a second helping of food at lunch, and they were allowed to sit at the front of the classroom and participate in class discussions. Behavior may wither and die if not already an ingrained behavior. Elliot , that brown-eyed people are lesser than blue-eyed and that they must wear collars so people could tell who had brown eyes. She has been talking about how ridiculous it is to judge someone based on the color of their skin for almost 50 years. The second day roles where switched. While today such an experiment on children in the public school system would likely see the teacher promptly fired and lawsuits against the district pop up, it should be noted that later tests done on the children Elliot ran this experiment on over the years approximately 450 kids , performed by the University of Northern Iowa, showed that they were significantly less racist than other students their age, both compared to other students in the school itself, and the local community.
On that mournful day a ray of light beamed through the rafters in the form of a glorious lesson. But it is an interesting question nonetheless. In the exercise that Jane Elliot influenced onto the children was very brave, she took a risk on her students as well on her reputation. Jane replied by reminding him that the child recently reported that his dad kicked him. She then told then to write letters to Coretta Scott King and to write compositions about the experience.
At the end of the experiment pupils are asked what they think the lesson was about. Many studies have been done with regards to the classroom and how it may affect learning; even down to the color of paint on the wall and it effects. In the English language, for example, many of our positive definitions and connotations of the word white and negative connotations of the word black reinforce notions of white superiority and black inferiority. Most ages and classes all follow suit in this regard as is natural. Join us on Facebook www. Dominant genes mask recessive genes. On the negative side, it was claimed that not doing such diversity training could make these same companies open to bad publicity, boycotts and lawsuits.
It demonstrated that prejudice does not originate internally or independently, and that it depends on externally introduced notions. I had to become a teacher in self defence! Jane Elliot was born in 1933 in Riceville, Iowa. The Punnett Square is a tool that allows you to see the different gene combinations that are possible when two parents of any species create offspring. Elliott told her children that brown-eyed people were to blue-eyed due to the amount of the color-causing-chemical, , in their blood. What would you say is the cause of racism? She gave colored bands to the blue-eyed students to wear so that they could be distinguished from their classmates at a distance.
And I have never heard the issue of raised in my community. Closure cannot occur until students get feedback. And then she told the children that the brown-eyed students were smarter. The capital B is for brown eyes and the lower case b is for blue eyes. They were about to get a taste of their own medicine. I have faaar from gotten the worst of it though, which is kind of telling for me.
If you are constantly treated differently because of something then you will begin to believe that it is true, even if it is something ludicrous like a superior eye color. Students will deepen their understanding of privilege and assess where they stand in relation to privileges granted to white-skinned people in a racist society. Being prejudice is another option they could have chosen to become. Before guiding them through it, take a moment to review the. Thus, the children of the second superior group started to belittle the other group in order to enhance their self esteem, which was previously hurt being in the inferior group. The lesson has already begun.
An example that conveys this idea well is when an experiment was conducted and people were made to smile or frown while watching a series of cartoons. As a result of her work, kids beat up her own children. Elliott divided her class by eye color — those with blue eyes and those with brow n. Season 3: Episode 9 The day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Now we get to treat them like they treated us!!! In truth, we cannot know what color, class and consciousness does. On the second day of the experiment, brown-eyed people were declared superior to the blue-eyed people.
In human beings, a baby receives one set of genes from its father and another set from its mother. There are also many different genes that combine to produce a characteristic like eye color, not just one. The brown eyes affixed the cloth-made shackles on their blue-eyed counterparts. Strictly speaking, this does not constitute an - rather, it is a work of ; a play to be ed out. The next day the roles were reversed, with the blue-eyed treated as better.
This exercise was only for 2 days, where only 1 day was with the demeaning collar. When Elliot began to do workshops outside the school system and to organizations, the Riceville school system allowed her unpaid leave to do these workshops. Watts do, for the sake of the instructional game? In the white enclave of Riceville, fighting racism was not looked upon by most as an honorable duty. Jane Elliott felt that they did this because they had already absorbed discriminatory behavior from their parents and other adults. The 'brownies' did not have this pigmentation and therefore lacked these qualities. Later Ms Elliott would term what became a series, as exercises. What is even more valuable as a lesson, and reminder, for all of us, even in this day and age, despite the sensationalism this documentary certainly has delivered, is what Jane Elliot said to have pushed her towards such a drastic experiment on her 3rd graders in an : Yet all I could think of as I saw this attitude of sympathetic indifference develop was the way I had myself reacted to racial discrimination all these many years: Sure, an incident can anger you.