Season 3, Episode 8 A Class Divided
First Aired: February 27, 2003
A 1985 report that follows up on a 1970 experiment in which Iowa third-graders were encouraged to actively discriminate against one another for two days. Teacher Jane Elliott says that she was able to turn polite, thoughtful kids into nasty, vicious ones in just 15 minutes. Students who participated in the exercise discuss the lessons they learned during a 1984 reunion. Also: Elliott conducts a similar workshop for the Iowa Department of Correction; and New York prison inmates react to a 1970 documentary about Elliott's work. Charlie Cobb is the correspondent.
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- Premiered: January 1, 1983
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