One day in 1968, Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power thirty years later.
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Producer William Peters tells the story of how Jane Elliott changed her lesson plan on the morning after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.

In this Web-exclusive interview, Jane Elliott discusses her abiding sense that her lesson in bigotry is as necessary today as it was in 1968.

What is Jane Elliott doing today? ... What has been the film's impact over the past 30 years? ... How has it affected Elliott's own life?

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A Class Divided

Almost 20 years ago, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, a teacher in a small town in Iowa tried a daring classroom experiment. She decided to treat children with blue eyes as superior to children with brown eyes. Frontline explores what those children learned about discrimination and how it still affects them today.

published jan. 2003