A Class Divided


Children are taught about race discrimination in an experiment using eye colour. Brown Eyes v Blue Eyes. Which are the most clever?

SKU: 3715
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Producer: Yale University Films
Year Produced: 1985
Running time: 60 minutes
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In the midwest of America, Jane Elliot, who conducted the unique experiment where a class of young children take turns at being underdogs because of their eye colour ( brown eyes v blue eyes) , repeats the experiment with adults 15 years later with similar results. We see excepts from the original film The Eye of the Storm, which was made just after the assassination of Martin Luther King, where the children were separated into ‘superior’ and ‘inferior’ based on eye colour. Attitudes, behaviour and classroom performance measurably changed as children suffered segregation, discrimination and the virus of prejudice. Also included in this film is a reunion of the original class who let us know that they gained valuable insights into race discrimination through the exercise and how it permanently altered their outlook.

A third film – Blue Eyed  – is also available.

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