A Class Divided

Happy Friday everyone!

To wrap up the week, I finished Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen. It exposes some of the misinformation “taught” in US history textbooks. I’ll be posting a thorough review of it soon, but for now, I wanted to share something I found in the book. In the chapter, “What Is The Result of Teaching History Like This?,” Loewen describes various ways that teachers can make history “stick” with students. He mentions a particular video, A Class Divided, that captures how one teacher did this. In 1968, a schoolteacher in Iowa gave her third-grade students first-hand experience in discrimination – she discriminated against students with particular eye color for two days. PBS Frontline did a program on it 14 years later to illustrate what students remembered about those two days. It’s about an hour long, but is apparently one of the most-watched Frontline programs. Here’s a link to the official PBS video and website: A Class Divided.

I hope everyone can take a look at this amazing video.



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