They talked about teaching their children tolerance and acceptance in a town where those values were not standard practice.The book and documentary also record Elliott's training of guards in the Iowa Department of Corrections.Students with brown eyes were considered superior to those with blue eyes.
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Elliott said to her students, “to judge people today by the color of their eyes.” “Blue eyed people are smarter than brown-eyed people,” she announced to the children. What the exercise proved was that good, kind children could learn to be racists and victimize one another.
It proved that racism was a learned response, and that it could thrive even in places where race was considered not to be an issue.
It also proved that since racism is a learned response, it can be unlearned.
On the morning of April 5, 1968 — the day after Martin Luther King Jr.was assassinated — a third-grade teacher in a tiny Iowa town decided to try to show her class what prejudice feels like.Jane Elliott’s students in Riceville, all of whom were white, had recently been discussing King’s civil rights crusade.chronicles Elliott's courageous experiment and the life-altering impact it had on her students.On the day after King's assassination, Elliott segregated her class according to eye color.Fifty years after Elliott’s bold initiative thrust her onto the national stage, the 85-year-old educator, lecturer, activist and diversity trainer still travels the country trying to open people’s eyes about recognizing and overcoming racism, bigotry and discrimination. 11, she’ll bring her campaign to Florida Gulf Coast University, talking about her career as an educator and lecturer on diversity as well as engaging the audience in dialogue about fighting racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and ethnocentrism. in the Cohen Center ballroom is sponsored by FGCU’s Office of Multicultural and Leadership Development and is free and open to the public with limited seating.In a phone interview with FGCU360, Elliott said she would be speaking about the origin and impact of the exercise she adapted and how its lessons can be applied in life to combat racism. Martin Luther King, teacher Jane Elliott knew she had to do something.Riceville, Iowa, the town in which she lived, was totally homogeneous and, as a result, she realized that her students had no firsthand experience with discrimination.It’s a lie, it’s a myth, and we’ve got to teach our way out of it.Prejudice is an emotional commitment to ignorance.” “Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes” has been taught, studied and critiqued for five decades since it threw a nationwide spotlight on a hot-button issue that has never cooled.