Running Head: A Class Divided 2
A Class Divided
Independent variable 4
Dependent variables 5
Students behaviour 5
Phonic card exercise 6
Present day Class 7
A class divided experiment was conducted by Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education. In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, Jane developed a controversial and astonishing experiment. This experiment labels participants as inferior or superior based upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority.
The issue of discrimination has been a heated topic throughout the world and the history had witnessed big turnarounds regarding this issue. To enlighten this Jane Elliott performed an experiment called "A Class Divided" on third grade students to teach them about the discrimination and to make them understand what it feels like to experience racism in the United States. The topic of discrimination aroused following the killing of Martin Luther King (Marxist,2018). Jane knew that merely telling her third-graders about discrimination wasn’t enough because the shooting of Martin Luther King was not small incident that could just be talked about or explained away. There was no possible way to explain this to little third-graders about the issue in the real sense. It was Tuesday class in which jane asked her students the meaning of brotherhood “What is brotherhood?” The students answered that it’s about treating everyone like brother. The second question she asked her students: “Is there anyone in this United Stated that we don’t treat as our brothers?” The children answered black people and the Indians. The next question
was “what kinds of things do people say about these people?” One of the students answered” look at the dumb people” and another said something about calling black people Negros or niggers (Frontline). The experiment begun with the concluding question of differentiating people according to their color. For experiment jane divided the class in two groups according to the color of their eyes, blue and brown. The experiment showed that students given superior role were dominating than the student who were given inferior role at different point of the experiment.
The variable that comes first and influences or predicts is called independent variable and the variable that is affected by the independent variable is called dependent variable. The dependent variable is the consequence of the independent variable (McMillan). In the experiment “A Class Divided” the separation of students into two groups, blue eye and brown eye were the independent variable according to which some restrictions were put on them alternatively. The behavior of...