A Class Divided



Elliott divided her class children on the basis of eye color that is blue-eyed and brown-eyed. On the first day she told to blue-eyed children that they are more intelligent, nice, skillful, and superior than brown-eyed ones.

She admired them throughout the day and allowed them special rights of taking long races and of being first in the lunch line. In compare, the performance and behavior of brown-eyed children were mocked and criticized by Elliott and they had to wear collars around their necks. 

On the next day, she reversed the roles and the brown-eyed children were made to feel superior. The result of the unique two-day experiment greatly surprised both the teacher and students.

On the both days, the students that were made inferior on the look and behavior were performing poorly in tests and other work.