Frontline: A Class Divided (1985)

Genres - Culture & Society, Education  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Children's Issues, Race & Ethnicity, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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This PBS program looks at how discrimination affects both those who are treated unfairly and those who try to take advantage of people they do not feel deserve their respect. Shortly after Martin Luther King Jr., was killed, a teacher in Iowa decided to run an experiment to help her students learn more about how discrimination negatively affects everyone. She chose to treat some of her students far better than others, based solely on physical traits. This show looks at what this experiment taught the children and how they continue to be affected by it years later. The program received an Emmy Award, a Sidney Hillman Prize Award, and other honors for how it explored this unique lesson in ethics and humanity.

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classroom, discrimination, experiment, lessons, reflection [thought], teacher