I believe it builds great character and truly teaches them empathy and most importantly, what it feels like to walk in another mans shoes. The brown-eyed people were also to wear collars so that their eye color could be identified from a distance. Did the black kids have to sit on the floor? She stopped talking again, this time because a woman was taking notes, her head down. Again, do not include data if siblings do not share both parents. It was very controversial when I was in school.
Motivation can be hard to create for some students, especially if they have learning difficulties, so this is an important craft for the teacher to hone in his or her teaching skills. For example one of the blue eye children was calling the brown eye child names and being a bully, they brown eye child punched him. Kennedy was killed, his widow held us together. Do you remember what happens if you have a capital B brown gene and a lower case b blue gene? The basic idea was to separate the class into two halves - those with blue eyes and those with brown. No thinking about counter-arguments, or what you are going to say when you get a chance. When was the last time your school had posters with racial slurs on them? After students have read the article and scored themselves on the checklist, encourage them to share their reactions. The adults are less influenced yet more stubborn, although I believe there is hope for everyone to change their outlook on people and life.
Most definitely, this article focuses on the idea of stereotypes and therefore prejudice as a result of these learned stereotypes. Pupils and any additional teaching staff are greeted at the classroom door and separated as they enter according to their eye colour. Elliott sent the brown-eyed children to lunch first and gave them a longer recess. The third rule: Good listeners listen from the beginning to the very end. Afterward she had a class discussion about the assassination and racism in general.
It's unbelievable that the adults acted in much the way the 3rd graders then. This really shows how environment and its factors really affect us and therefore relates directly to self-perception. The brown-eyed group was given extra benefits such as prolonged access to the playground, second helpings at lunch, extra minutes for lunchtime, and the advantage of drinking water at a better water fountain. In , a person experiences anxiety in a situation where they might confirm a negative stereotype about their group. This established her career in diversity training. Some, like the teacher who had inflicted it, told me I should be proud to have been sacrificed for a procedure this great, this wonderful. What happened next proved to Elliot that prejudice is a learned behavior.
Elliott explained about her experience at a children's youth conference where she faced violent opposition against her exercise. Because most of Elliott's 8-year-old students were, like her, born and raised in a small town in Iowa, and were not exposed to black people outside of television, she felt that simply talking about racism would not allow her all-white class to fully comprehend racism's meaning and effects. White people are given a better environment to strive in. Elliott bifurcated the class into two groups, namely, brown eyes and blue eyes. Closure cannot occur until students get feedback. If you are constantly treated differently because of something then you will begin to believe that it is true, even if it is something ludicrous like a superior eye color.
Who's going to control your people? They would have to stay in at recess, use paper cups and wear collars. We learn a lot by listening, Elliott said, but there are rules. Jane Elliott born May 27, 1933, Riceville, Iowa is a former schoolteacher, recognized most prominently as an anti-racism activist and educator. In addition to being permitted to boss around the blues, the browns were given an extended recess. The people who were forced to smile found the cartoons actually funnier as opposed to the people who were forced to frown did not enjoy these cartoons as much as the other group.
Elliott had thought America had made some positive progress in terms of racism, at least until recently. Now is the time to come up with your anticipatory set but be flexible with yourself since the components often change during your task analysis. No one thought that racism would raise its head over and over again, although there were clues. This seems to display the idea that once an entire group has been fed the same sort of idea about another certain group, it may not be entirely that you feel a personal prejudice about them but rather, are so exposed to the image in which you think you should be feeling a certain way towards them they you begin to believe it. . She's taken lessons from that first exercise in April 1968, a time that can still bring her to tears when she talks about it and tried to change people's minds about prejudice. Now that you know who you are, what do you want to be? They wanted to heighten their self image which had just been hurt from being in the inferior group.