She repeated the abuse with subsequent classes, and finally turned it into a fully commercial enterprise. While the brown-eyed children did taunt the blue-eyed children in ways similar to what had occurred the previous day, Elliott reports it was much less intense.
Withdrawn brown-eyed kids were suddenly outgoing, some beaming with the widest smiles she had ever seen on them. These actions in turn will go beyond the classroom where brown eyed students will feel a sense of power over the blue eyed students and may even go farther and attempt to enforce their power.
Elliot facilitates the exercise with passion and demonstrates her ethical indignation as she talks about her work and experiences. That's what it feels like when you're discriminated against. Consequently, this experience enabled the participants to actually feel the emotional distresses correlated with this form of abuse.
You might think this would only work on children, but in fact, Elliot, and others, have run similar experiments on adults, with very similar results, though noting that adults tend to, surprisingly, be much more violent about such racism than children. He printed them under the headline "How Discrimination Feels.
Shortly thereafter, this initial resistance fell away. Many of these courses are designed to have a "lighter touch" than Elliott's approach, but those based solidly on Elliott's model are also promoted.
It's cruel to white children and will cause them great psychological damage. When Elliott walked into the teachers' lounge the next Monday, several teachers got up and walked out. She then went on to tell her class that blue-eyes are better and smarter than brown-eyed people.
Consequently research shows that this was not the case and that this experiment was able to reach those children deeply and emotionally; which in turn means Elliot instilled a deep understanding of racial discrimination and all that this concept entails in these children and possibly many others.
Let's just move on. This time the participants were made up of a multi-racial adult group. There was no way to explain this to little third graders in Riceville, Iowa.
Elliott reminded them that the reason for the lesson was the King assassination, and she asked them to write down what they had learned. Washingtonand Maria Montessori. While the brown-eyed children did taunt the blue-eyed children in ways similar to what had occurred the previous day, Elliott reports it was much less intense.
Yes, that day was tough. Further, this effect was lasting as the children grew to adulthood. They would have to stay in at recess, use paper cups and wear collars. When my grandchildren are old enough, I'd give anything if you'd try the exercise out on them. The corn grows so fast in northern Iowa—from seedling to seven-foot-high stalk in 12 weeks—that it crackles.
Elliot felt that implementing the notion to students that brown eyed students were better, smarter, and superior while blue eyed students were dirty, stupid, and inferior. She gave the blue-eyed children extra privileges, such as second helpings at lunch, access to the new jungle gym, and five extra minutes at recess.
Most recently she re-ran the exercise in this country for a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary that forms part of a season on science and race. The fourth of five children, Elliott was born on her family's farm in Riceville inand was delivered by her Irish-American father himself. The blue-eyed children sat in the front of the classroom, and the brown-eyed children were sent to sit in the back rows.
Now the blue-eyed children were not allowed to play with the brown-eyed children because they were not as good as them. They were about to get a taste of their own medicine.
Kennedy was killed several years ago, his widow held us together. Looking back, I think part of the problem was that, like the residents of other small midwestern towns I've covered, many in Riceville felt that calling attention to oneself was poor manners, and that Elliott had shone a bright light not just on herself but on Riceville; people all over the United States would think Riceville was full of bigots.
I can understand why she was conducting her experiment but telling students that they are superior to another group and should not associate with one another.
She then pointed out that two blue-eyed dads of other children in the class had never kicked them and said that this proves that blue-eyed people are better than brown-eyed people. She told the blue-eyed children that they were superior to their brown-eyed classmates, and she told the brown-eyed, who had to wear identifying collars, that they were less intelligent and poorly behaved.
Elliott provided brown fabric collars and asked the blue-eyed students to wrap them around the necks of their brown-eyed peers as a method to easily identify the minority group. When she went downtown to do errands, she heard whispers. Elliott provided brown fabric collars and asked the blue-eyed students to wrap them around the necks of their brown-eyed peers as a method to easily identify the minority group.
The brown-eyed people were also to wear collars so that their eye color could be identified from a distance. The notion that they were positively affected by the exercise seemed far-fetched.Jane Elliot was a white teacher from Iowa who wanted to help all men and women achieve equality.
the blue-eyed and brown-eyed children hugged and cried with each other. Jane Elliott's. Blue Eyes Brown Eyes Experiment.
STUDY. PLAY. Aim. To teach her class what it felt like to be victims of discrimination. Method. Elliot told her class the following 1.
Blue - eyed children are smarter than those with brown eyes.
2. Blue - eyed children are the best people in the room. 3. Brown - eyed children cannot play with blue - eyed. "Brown-eyed people have more of that chemical in their eyes, so brown-eyed people are better than those with blue eyes," Elliott said.
"Blue-eyed people sit around and do nothing. You give them. Jane Elliott; Born: Jane Jennison May 27, (age 85) Riceville, Iowa, U.S. Elliott would not allow brown-eyed and blue-eyed children to drink from the same water fountain and often chastised the brown-eyed students when they did not follow the exercise's rules or made mistakes.
the audience reaction was instant as hundreds of calls. Jane Elliot and the Blue-Eyed Children Experiment July 17, Terynn Boulton 20 comments On April 4,Jane Elliot, a third grade teacher in Riceville, Iowa, turned on her television set to learn more about Martin Luther King’s assassination and was appalled at what she heard from a white reporter.
The blue-eyed children were encouraged to play only with other blue-eyed children and to ignore those with brown eyes. Elliott would not allow brown-eyed and blue-eyed children to drink from the same water fountain and often chastised the brown-eyed students when they did not follow the exercise's rules or .Download