In 1968, Jane Elliot ran what many today would consider a very risky exercise with her class to teach them about discrimination.
She divided her 3rd grade class students into blue eyes and brown eyes and told them that blue eyed students were superior in every way and were to be treated as such.
This powerful experiment shaped the children’s understanding of racism, bigotry and other forms of discrimination for the rest of their lives, in effect immunising the students against discriminatory thought habits. It also had profound and surprising results for the student’s academic grades.
Below is a free documentary on the experiment and it’s uses.
What do you think, would you conduct such an exercise with your class?