Jane Elliot Split her 3rd grade c lass into two different groups brown eyed group and the blue eyed group; before splitting them she asked them is being discriminating to others right and they answer the way she expected them to answer because it has been taught to them since they have been in her class, she then proceeded to ask them why was it wrong and they could not give her a clear answer she also ask them would they like to know how it feels to be discriminated against and they all said yes. She conducted this exercise for a total of two days she started the first day off letting the children know that the brown eyed students were more smarter and all around better than the blue eyed student. She then withness some of the sweetest kids turn into nasty discriminating adolescence they tease the blue eyed children every chance they could. The brown eyed student had such a boost of confidence their academic score was up and they were trying harder to hold to the title of having brown eyes. On the other hand, the blue eyed students grades were down and they kept this sad era throughout the day.
Jane Elliott is a third-grade schoolteacher, anti-racism activist and educator and she set up the brown eyes and blue eyes experiment. She set this experiment up because she wanted to teach her third-grade class about racism. Rather than a having a discussion about racism, she decided to show the 8-year-olds what racism is all about in the brown eyes and blue eyes experiment. The first time Jane done this experiment was the day after Martin Luther King was shot. Jane Elliott informed her class that they were going to change the way things were done.
Jane Elliot, an elementary school teacher from a small, predominately white town in Iowa, brainstormed an experiment focusing on racism and the effects of discrimination on individuals. After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, Jane Elliot felt it was a perfect time to try this experiment when her students questioned why one would want to murder their “hero of the month.” To explain the reasoning of King’s assassination to the students, Mrs. Elliot created a two-day experiment to teach them a very important and unforgettable lesson on discrimination. Mrs. Elliot divided her class up based on the eye color of her students; the first day children with brown eyes were the inferior group that had to wear collars in order to clearly identify they were the “bad group,” while all the students with blue eyes were superior. On the second day the roles were reversed.
During Jane Elliott’s experiment with her 3rd grade class, one of the shocking things is how quickly and easily those normally sweet and innocent children slip into the roles of bully and bigot. On Tuesday, the blue-eyed students were told that they are better than the brown-eyed students. The blue-eyed students enjoyed privileges such as longer recess time, seconds at lunch, drinking directly from the fountain, etc. One child suggests that Elliott should keep the yardstick close by so that she can deal with unobedient brown-eyed children. Some kids call others “brown eyes” in a demeaning and hurtful way which resembles the use of the n-word against African Americans.
For instance, in The Giver, if someone made three mistakes they would be released. “The rules say that if there’s a third transgression, he simply has to be released”(Lowry 9).In our society, if we made three mistakes, we would probably get in some type of trouble, but we would more than likely not be sentenced to death.Even our school systems work differently than theirs. “The classes were the same: language and communications; commerce and industry; science and technology; civil procedures and government.But during the breaks for recreation periods and the midday meal, the other new twelves were abuzz with descriptions of their first day of training”(Lowry 89). This was an example of how they do not change their classes until their training begins. There was another rule for when someone disrupted their class, that they would have to deliver an apology phrase to their class, and then the class had to say that they accepted their apology.For example, Asher
In 1925 without telling the head of the school board, Mr. Jordan Ida Bidson, a fourteen year old takes over her teacher’s job secretly after the teacher left when an emergency popped up with her mother. Ida and her fellow classmates continued on with their studies hoping not to repeat everything that they learned this year. Until the county examiner comes, she finds out what they are doing but agrees to not tell Mr. Jordan if every child takes the exam. Ida and Tom, the only two eighth graders in the school were the only ones that had to take it to pass the eighth grade and move on to high school. Ida accidentally told Mr. Bixler, Herbert Bixler’s dad that they have not told Mr. Jordan about what they were doing at the school house.
The concern with stereotyping a group is that we assume that each person acts the same, ultimately resulting in the loss of each person’s individuality. As depicted in the movie The Breakfast Club, five students from different social groups are forced to spend an afternoon of detention together. As the movie progresses, the kids learn more about each other and themselves, realizing that the labels given to them by society do not define who they are as people. Each character in the movie is subjected to stereotypes. Instead of taking the time out to get to know one another, the students identify each other by the groups they belong to.
At the beginning of the film (4 minutes and 50 seconds) shows how the different Hierarchical Groups taking part in this movies. Social Dominance Theory explains the behaviours that being participated in and experienced in middle and high school as well as the behaviours in the above mentioned move, Mean Girls. The theory states that people all belong to groups and members protect their group and act to maintain their hierarchical groups. The clip demonstrates this principle in how a member of the group did not follow their standards and therefore, in order to protect the group, she was dismissed. The top group has high social value which motivates and maintained the hierarchical status.
These movements changed education, putting it onto the path of success. John Dewey is introduced in a discreet type of way when Scout talks about being taught Group Dynamics and what Jem calls the “Dewey Decimal System.” She goes on to mention how it had became schoolwide and is disappointed that she never had a chance to compare it with other teaching techniques (Lee 32). John Dewey’s Theory of Education gets mixed up with Melvil’s Dewey Decimal System for classifying books in a library. Educational reform is upon Scout and her school whether she knows it or not. “In spite of their abstract and difficult packaging, Dewey’s ideas… have repeatedly provided both a foundation for school improvement and a target for education critics” (Eakin 1).
INTRODUCTION For the purpose of this assignment I have selected the film Freedom Writers (2007). As a teacher in a post-primary DEIS school, this film was of particular interest to me for its high-school setting and the disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds of the students. Freedom Writers is a movie adaptation of Erin Gruwell’s non-fiction book Freedom Writers Diary: How a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them (1999). The film follows Erin Gruwell, a newly qualified and enthusiastic English teacher, as she navigates her way through school politics, prejudice, racism and personal circumstance to help a group of at-risk teens to fulfill their potential. Set in Woodrow Wilson High School, Long