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Jane Elliott and Jonathan Kozol

Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson will define self-fulfilling prophecy, examine Jane Elliot's experiment, and Jonathan Kozol's reproduction theory.

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Terms to Know
Jane Elliott Experiment

American school teacher from Iowa who developed the blue-eyed/brown-eyed exercise to teach white third graders about racism. This experiment divided the class into privileges and disadvantages associated with eye color to mimic social privileges and disadvantages based on race.

Jonathan Kozol Reproduction Theory

Jonathan Kozol, an American educator and activist, has extensively researched how schools operate to pass advantage and disadvantage on to children through a process called social reproduction.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

A situation where you expect something to happen to yourself or others, and knowingly or not, encourage that outcome.