The children who were discriminated against struggled with school work and were distracted causing them to test badly and it was hard for them to learn. They admitted to feeling very sad and lonely. Their peers, who were once their friends would pick on them and call them names for having different colored eyes. A brown-eyed kid picked a fight and punched a blue-eyed kid for calling him names. But later he admitted that it did not make him feel any better. The group that was better than the other became overzealous of their hierarchy and acted much different than their normal self.
The adults experienced more anger and frustration toward Jane Elliot then they did toward their peers. Unlike the children, it didnt make them feel sad, it just made them mad. The blue-eyed adults who were discriminated against felt like they were being attacked for things that the brown-eyed people were doing as well. They felt secluded and became very bitter about how they were being treated. This caused them to talk back in a rude manner and disobey even more which caused them to get even more criticized and put down. It was a never ending fight for them because they couldnt do anything right, just because of their eye color.
The point that the video was trying to get across was that people should not judge others according a status in which they cannot control or change. An ascribed status is something one cannot control and it is unfair to discriminate a person because their race or ethnicity. Just because they are not of your kind and were raised in a different household does not mean they are not human and dont have feelings, morals and values of their own.
It was interesting to see how the children reacted to the separation. The children who were labeled as the better, took advantage of the power their teacher gave them. They were told they were better View More »