Children learning to stereotype and discriminate (racism experiment)

A friend and colleague recently shared this video – it is one of the most powerful videos I have seen in recent days.

Background: In the late 1960s / early 1970s, Jane Elliot, a school teacher, set up an arbitrary social division among her third graders (blue eyes vs brown eyes) and had them experience first hand what discrimination feels like.

In the video, you see how easily children pick up and internalize stereotypes and discrimination. It underscores what an incredible influence adults have in shaping children’s perceptions of and interactions with each other.

What are your thoughts?

Sadaf Shallwani

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