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Professor and class, Jane Elliott uses role-playing to teach children a lesson in discrimination. Prior to the exercise, the children had no idea what a dominant or minority group was about. “The first step is to overcome the reluctance to admit that we base our reactions to, or understandings of, minority groups on values and assumptions that may not be accurate or factual” (Chamberlain Nursing College, 2020). Elliott intentionally placed in the minds of the children the idea of dominant and minority group to obtain negative reactions. She taught prejudice and discrimination in a concrete way. She decided to experiment, telling the children on the first day that the blue-eyed people were better than the brown-eyed people. The blue-eyed people were given more advantages than the other kids, like longer recess or allowed to get seconds at lunch. The brown- eyed people were not allowed to drink out of the water fountain nor were they allowed to play with the blue-eyed kids. On this day, Jane seen these sweet innocent little third graders turn on

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