Movie Night - A Class Divided

Dates: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Event Location: 
Minnesota Literacy Council
700 Raymond Avenue
Suite 180
Saint Paul,, MN 55114

Join us for a screening of the film A Class Divided. This fascinating FRONTLINE series examines the ground-breaking experiment conducted by Jane Elliott, an elementary school teacher from Iowa. On the day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Elliott taught her class a lesson in diversity and discrimination by dividing them according to eye color. Based on this single distinguishing characteristic, students were divided into privileged and oppressed groups, and each group experienced the consequences of discrimination for a day. All volunteers, program staff and community members interested in literacy or issues of discrimination are invited to attend.

About the Film:

"What happened over the course of the unique two-day exercise astonished both students and teacher. On both days, children who were designated as inferior took on the look and behavior of genuinely inferior students, performing poorly on tests and other work. In contrast, the "superior" students -- students who had been sweet and tolerant before the exercise -- became mean-spirited and seemed to like discriminating against the "inferior" group.

"I watched what had been marvelous, cooperative, wonderful, thoughtful children turn into nasty, vicious, discriminating little third-graders in a space of fifteen minutes," says Elliott. She says she realized then that she had "created a microcosm of society in a third-grade classroom." (from FRONTLINE).

Read an interview with Jane Elliott and read more about the film.

After the film, there will be time for reflection and discussion in small groups.

CEUs are available.

Questions? Contact Kelly: krynda@mnliteracy.org