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SOCS 350N Week 6 Discussion Question 1 & 2WEEK 6 PART 1 EXAMING STRATEGIES A Class Divided - What's Your Reaction?In the documentary, A Class Divided, Jane Elliot teaches students & adults about prejudice & discrimination. The subjects learned by being divided into minority & dominant groups & truly felt what it was like to be prejudice & discriminated against. With the children, the teacher took the authoritative role by telling the students the minority group was not as good as the dominant group. Her statements against the minorities were very convincing & she was able to create prejudice amongst the students. With the adults, she divided the group & used the participants own actions & behaviors to create the prejudice. The teacher does a wonderful job of giving a real life example of how discrimination & prejudice can easily arise. She uses a physical characteristic to start a division between two groups of people who, on a normal basis, get along very well. Jane Elliott then uses her power as an authority figure to influence what the groups of
people think. Her derogatory comments & persistence in persuading people to believe that one group is better than the other really influences the behavior of people. She is adamant & firm when she speaks negatively about one group which keeps the minority group from wanting to defend themselves. When the teacher is giving the lesson to the children, she makes discrimination familiar to them by having one group get some benefits at lunch & recess. The children are young in this video, & it states that they grew up in a white, Christian town. Most ofthe children had never experienced discrimination firsth& due to the fact that they were surrounded by people just like them. Jane Elliott was able to reach the children on a personal level by showing them what it feels like to be judged by a simple trait that we have no control over. She really connected to those children & showed them how easily people can be persuadedto believe that one group is better than another. When she was speaking to the group of adults, she used a more direct & harsh way of making her point. She embarrassed the group of people with blue eyes & made them feel inferior & belittled. Her constant derogatory comments made the minority group angry & uncomfortable.