College classroom activities this page contains a variety of classroom activities that explore prejudice, discrimination, and social justice topics the activities follow the order of topics in understanding prejudice and discrimination but can be used with other books as well. Show your understanding of jane elliott's group prejudice experiment with an interactive quiz and printable worksheet the practice questions can. So the next day i introduced an eye color exercise in my classroom and split the class according to eye color and immediately created a microcosm of society in a third-grade classroom.
Here are six of our free downloadable humane education activities that explore prejudice, discrimination, and/or racism dare to be different check out more of our humane education lesson plans and activities in our resource center image institute for humane education is creating a better world through education navigate who we are. Elliot teaches her lesson according to what color eyes you have, one day brown eyes are better then blue eyes the brown eyes get 5 more minutes of recess, and get special treatment while the blue eyes don’t get to use the playground equipment and don’t get to drink from the water fountain. In the previous lesson, such as skin color, eye shape, and hair form the theory has led to the common, but false, belief that some “races” have intellectual and physical abilities that are superior to those of other “races” explain that while students’ choices in this exercise are relatively inconsequential, we make similar. Jane elliott (née jennison born may 27, 1933) is an american former third-grade schoolteacher, anti-racism activist, and educator, as well as a feministshe is known for her blue eyes–brown eyes exercise she first conducted her famous exercise for her class the day after martin luther king, jr was assassinated when her local newspaper published compositions that the children had.
Jane elliot and the blue-eyed children experiment so the next day i introduced an eye color exercise in my classroom and split the class according to eye color and immediately created a microcosm of society in a third-grade classroom” if you haven’t felt that kind of loaded prejudice against you, then let me tell you, it’s not. Prejudice log assignment - tim lawson, tracy mcdonough, and james bodle published an article in the latest issue of teaching of psychology describing a prejudice log assignment that leads to an in-class prejudice reduction exercise tim has graciously permitted me to share the assignment, exercise, and materials with you here. In response to king's assassination, this teacher in a small, all-white iowa town, devised the controversial and starting blue eyes/brown eyes exercise by dividing her third-grade class based on eye color and giving them a daring lesson in discrimination.
Unless we change the minds of the parents of those children in the blue eyes/ brown eyes 6 classrooms, our efforts to eradicate oppression, discrimination, racism, and prejudice will be ineffective and moot, and will vacillate between the former and the latter (hence, „yo-yoing‟. Elliott's daring lesson tested the students' answers and took their understanding of discrimination to another level elliott repeated the exercise with her new classes in the following years the third time, in 1970, a film crew captured the lesson. The lesson that my husband and i have taught our teenage daughter was to never look at what a person's skin color islook at how they are as people,and,always remember that when we expose. A class divided 3: an interview with jane elliott thirty years after she first taught her eye-color exercise to a third-grade class in riceville, iowa, jane elliott reflects on what she has learned about discrimination over the years.
Eye color, hair color and skin color are caused by a chemical, elliott went on, writing melanin on the blackboard melanin, she said, is what causes intelligence the more melanin, the darker. Elliott divided her class by eye color -- those with blue eyes and those with brown on the first day, the blue-eyed children were told they were smarter, nicer, neater, and better than those with brown eyes throughout the day, elliott praised them and allowed them privileges such as a taking a. To conduct the exercise in the her class, elliott segregated the children on the basis of eye color instead of skin color she wanted to have students experience how it felt to be discriminated against at that time in america. Jane elliott is an educator whose famous blue eyes/brown eyes exercise showed social psychologists (and her students) the impact that racism has on education and how social psychology can be.
Blue eyed lets viewers participate vicariously in the blue-eyed/brown eyed exercise in the video, we see adults from kansas city, missouri, who were invited by a local organization, harmony, to take part in a workshop about appreciating diversity. In response to martin luther king’s assassination, schoolteacher jane elliott devised a simple yet revealing exercise that helped her students understand the pathology of racism and prejudice– “the blue eyes/brown eyes” experiment. From the vantage point of more than thirty nine years since she first taught her eye-color exercise in discrimination to a third-grade class in riceville, iowa, jane elliott has learned of the lesson's impact. Blue eye/brown eye is an experiment performed by jane elliot in 1968 on the day after martin luther king, jr was assassinated to demonstrate what prejudice was to her third grade class the basic idea was to separate the class into two halves - those with blue eyes and those with brown.
She walked in her class the next day and introduced an eye colour exercise one day she divided the pupils by eye color (brown eyes vs blue eyes) and told that one color represents a superior person and the next day it was and vice versa. This is followed by curiosity about skin color, hair color and texture, eye shape and color, and other physical attributes awareness of disabilities tends to come later however, some toddlers begin noticing more obvious disabilities, such as a person using a wheelchair. 2120 lesson 5 a class divided general reactions the example of using eye color was a really good way of showing the students how it felt to feel what people feel when they are discriminated against like that just because of their race, color, or ethnicity a lesson in discrimination.
To engage pupils in discussion and debate about prejudice, discrimination and blue eye / brown eye is an experiment first performed in the usa by jane elliot in 1968 the experiment was performed by elliot on the day after martin luther king, jr was assassinated, to demonstrate what prejudice was to her -what did this exercise tell the. The original inspiration for the exercise came from the novel mila 18 by leon uris, published in 1961, about the warsaw ghetto uprising during world war iione of the ways they decided who went into the gas chamber, according to the novel and history, was eye color. The kids were already different, and made no bones about it, had friends with different hair color, eye color, etc this was an experiment similar to nazi techniques very creepy. This, now famous, exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority everyone who is exposed to jane elliott's work, be it through a lecture, workshop, or video, is dramatically affected by it.