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Running Head: A Class Divided 1 Benedictine University Master of Public health A Class Divided By Akaraka Destiny Onyeju
Running Head: A Class Divided 2 Abstract After Martin Luther King JR assassination, Jane Elliott a third grade teacher gathered her student to conduct an exercise to educate them on the effects and consequences of discrimination. In this exercise the teacher divided the class into two eye color groups (black and eye). The purpose of the exercise are punctuated by the fact that the school is located in an all-white community in Iowa. In Jane Elliott’s opening message, which discussed how different ethnic groups are maltreated due to their race, skin color and personality. This paper will discuss the video documentary “Class Divided, its effect on the third grade students, how the exercise reshaped their lives afterwards and the cultural competency model related to this exercise. Introduction In the documentary “Class Divided” Jane Elliott’s idea of dividing a third grade students into two different eye color groups is to portray the act of discrimination and fight against its effect. The episode featured third grade students who are now adults to educate them on the consequences of discrimination. The students in this class were put in either blue eyed or brown eyed color and Jane Elliott instructed one particular group to discriminate others and she favored which ever group that was leading on that day. The Daring Lesson When Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in April 1968, a third grade teacher Jane Elliott decided to teach her class discrimination because Martin Luther was recently February’s hero for those third graders and they couldn’t understand why he was assassinated. So Jane Elliott

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