An expanded edition of William Peters's classic study of the unique eye-color lesson in prejudice and discrimination taught by Iowa schoolteacher Jane Elliott. This new edition continues ... See full summary »

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An expanded edition of William Peters's classic study of the unique eye-color lesson in prejudice and discrimination taught by Iowa schoolteacher Jane Elliott. This new edition continues the story of Elliott and her sixteen third-graders of 1970, eleven of whom returned to their hometown in 1984 for a reunion with their former teacher. Peters reports on that meeting and its evidence that the long-ago lesson has had a profound and enduring effect on the students' lives and attitudes. Written by Anonymous

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26 March 1985 (USA)  »

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A Meaningful Lesson
22 April 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I read the earlier comment, and I could not help but post a response. Although I do agree that the experiment was hard to watch, and was probably hard to experience, imagine having to go through this everyday of your life. It is hard to understand discrimination until one has experienced it for oneself. It is especially hard for white people in America to understand the trauma of it. A black child may face racism and discrimination everyday of his/her life, and if this experiment means that those children will grow up better understanding their experience, as I think the documentary proved, then her lesson has been well learned.

As a documentary, however, I was left unsatisfied. I feel as though the director did not have enough personal interviews with the children and the adults that went through the experience. I did not feel he was able to connect with the children as he should have. However, the experiment itself is so fascinating, I give A Class Divided eight stars.


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