A Class Divided: Then and Now

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Yale University Press, 1987 - Education - 172 pages
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For two days after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, Jane Elliott, a third-grade teacher in Riceville, Iowa, gave her pupils a unique lesson in discrimination. The first day, brown-eyed children were declared 'superior', given special privileges, and encouraged to discriminate against their suddenly 'inferior' blue-eyed classmates. The next day, roles were reversed. What happened astonished both students and teacher. On both days, children labeled 'inferior' took on the look and behavior of genuinely inferior students; they did inferior work. 'Superior' students excelled in their work and delighted in discriminating against their erstwhile friends. Jane Elliott repeated the exercise with succeeding classes, and the third year, it was filmed for an award-winning television documentary, 'The Eye of the Storm'. The original edition of 'A class divided', written by William Peters, the producer-director-writer of the documentary, expanded on the story revealed in the television program.
  

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User Review  - SamanthaMulkey - LibraryThing

This was a very educational book about prejudice. It was a very sad book and would be useful inteaching a class about prejudice. Read full review

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User Review  - Janette Ozoa - Goodreads

The idea behind this book is an important one. It highlights the detrimental effects of oppression and shows the severity of the impact even after a mere few hours. That said, the book itself seemed ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
11
Section 4
21
Section 5
27
Section 6
35
Section 7
43
Section 8
51
Section 13
78
Section 14
78
Section 15
78
Section 16
79
Section 17
97
Section 18
105
Section 19
117
Section 20
127

Section 9
65
Section 10
78
Section 11
78
Section 12
78
Section 21
141
Section 22
163
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About the author (1987)

William Peters is the author of "The Southern Temper", "A More Perfect Union", "A Class Divided: Then and Now", and many television documentaries.

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