SOWK2154 Movie Reflection

SOWK2154 Movie Reflection - Movie Review: A Class Divided A...

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Movie Review: “A Class Divided” “A Class Divided” is a short film that depicted an experiment conducted by a teacher on her third grade class. This experiment was introduced by Jane Elliott, when she changed her lesson plan on the morning after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. The “blue-eyed/brown-eyed” experiment was meant to teach her class a lesson about discrimination and to show her pupils what discrimination feels like as well as the profound effect that it has on people. The first time she did this experiment was in 1970 and she utilized the concept of racial discrimination by applying it to eye color. For one day, she led her students to believe that those with blue eyes were better than those with brown eyes. The kids with blue eyes received special privileges such as more playground time, water fountain use, and lunch priority. Within her classroom she created a microcosm of society dictated by racial prejudice and discrimination. I was so surprised by how closely the reactions of these kids reflected that of society. The next day, Elliot switched the roles and led her students to believe that the brown-eyed students were better than the blue-eyed students. Both sets of kids experienced two sides of discrimination: the ones on top and the ones on bottom. At the beginning of this film, I was shocked by how easily these kids were able to take advantage of the situation and exploit it by
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