A Class Divided

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"A Class Divided"
'Frontline' episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 9
Directed by William Peters
Written by Charlie Cobb
William Peters
Original air date March 26, 1985 (1985-03-26)

"A Class Divided" is an episode of Frontline directed by William Peters.

Plot summary[edit]

William Peters follows up on the 1970 TV documentary Eye of the Storm about Jane Elliott's experiment of dividing an otherwise homogenous group of school kids by their eye color. The episode intercuts footage from Eye of the Storm with new footage of the students, who are now adults. The film takes us through the journey of a young class learning the unfairness of racism. Elliot teaches the lesson through eye color and different treatment. All of the students admit that this is wrong. In footage of the students as adults, we are able to see how this experiment changed their lives.