Summary of “A Class Divided”
Elliott divided her class by the color of their eyes, marked them with armbands and proceeded to treat one group as if superior in capabilities to the other. The superior students performed better than they ever had before, while the inferior students' performance dropped.
I believe that the video teaches a very poignant lesson about discrimination that I can apply to my life. It cements for me the importance of tolerance, as well as how people can act when they are indoctrinated into believing one group is better than another. I can definitely understand the minority group’s feelings of helplessness and despair against an uncontrollable situation, and understand that it is what someone (unfairly) feels when they are discriminated against.
When the sizes of the groups are huge enough, it is necessary to clear up the type of leadership.
It’s hard to overcome stereotyping and discrimination when these illusions are hard-wired into our minds due to our everyday lives. And these falsehoods and ideas are actually physically rewiring how our brains work and perceive. These stereotypes damn black people from the start, only fulfilling the low expectations society has placed on them and letting that act as a mental barrier.
A Class Divided. Pt.2 4 Aug. 2008. Web.