Professor Morgan and Class,
I watched the clip of "A Class Divided" the children all had a very strong reaction to
discrimination, some becoming very angry.
The time period Jane Elliott conducted this
experiment was turbulent, discrimination evident throughout the world.
I am surprised she
was not fired by the school for conducting such an experiment at that time.
I also found a
follow-up interview conducted in 2002, where the superintendent of schools had stated in a
previous interview, he did not fire her as in "heart of hearts, I knew what she was doing was
right, and I couldn't fire her for doing the right thing" (pbs.org 2012)
The follow-up article
discussed how Jane Elliott has continued to conduct the experiment around the world, always
with the same results.
She has been approached by several persons of color over the years,
she has been thanked for the conducting the experiment, each stating it has affected their lives
in some way.
Jane Elliott states that there is still some anger in her hometown, approximately
20% of the population hold a grudge against her.
Another teacher in the same town had to
quit teaching some creative
methods to address discrimination, as she did not want to be
treated the same way Jane Elliott had been treated.
Even when the experiment was conducted in 2002 in Scotland and Australia the results
were the same, as when the experiment was first conducted in 1968.
Very disappointing to
learn we have not come farther in alleviating discrimination towards people of color.
DeVry University. (2014). Strategies. Week six lecture. Retrieved from
A Class Divided. An Unfinished Crusade. An Interview with Jane Elliott. (2012). retrieved
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John Curry Email this Author 10/7/2014
Prof. Morgan and Class,