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Wide Eyed with Jane Elliott

Catalogue Number:  JE0023
Producer:  Admire Productions
Subject:  Diversity
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2008
Running Time:  57

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In 1968, in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a third grade teacher, Ms. Jane Elliott, in all-white, all-Christian, Riceville, Iowa, involved her students in an exercise in discrimination based on eye color.

Over a dozen films have been made of Ms. Elliott conducting the exercise. In response to requests from diversity trainers, Ms. Elliott has now provided us with a compilation DVD of some compelling moments from those films. Seeing and discussing these clips can help us to recognize some of the issues surrounding the ;isms with which we all live. It may also help us to realize how we as human beings react when we are treated unfairly on the basis of physical characteristics over which we have no control. The use of the material can help to increase our awareness of the effects of racism, sexism, ageism, able-ism, homophobia, ethnocentricity, and bigotry in general.

Jane Elliott has written a detailed accompanying study guide which refutes the stereotypical remarks that are made in some diversity training classes. This material is appropriate for diversity training in junior and senior high schools, colleges, corporations, military groups and civic organizations.

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