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In 1985 a frontline episode aired titled “A Class Divided” where teacher Jane Elliott decided to teach her class a bold lesson of discrimination. Elliott wanted to show her students what discrimination feels like, and what it can do to people in an effort to teach them that discrimination is unfair and hurts others. So, she divided her class by eye color. All of the blue- eyed students were put in one group, and all of the brown eyed students were put in another group. On the first day, the blue-eyed students were told they were smarter, nicer, neater, and better than those with brown eyes. Only blue-eyed people got 5 extra minutes of recess, the privilege of drinking from the water fountain, privilege to get on the lunch line first and second servings at lunch time. The brown-eyed students didn’t get any of these privileges and had to wear collars the whole day to be identified as less than the blue-eyed students. The whole day

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