This new edition of A Class Divided continues the story of Jane Elliott and her sixteen third-graders of 1970, eleven of whom returned to Riceville in 1984 for a reunion with their former teacher. In the new chapters, Peters reports on that meeting and its evidence that the long-ago lesson has had a profound and enduring effect on the students’ lives and attitudes—indeed, on the way they are raising their own children. Peters also relates the surprising reactions of employees of the Iowa Department of Corrections and other adults to the same exercise.
The students’ reunion and the session with adult Corrections workers were covered in Peters’ recent Emmy-Award winning documentary, “A Class Divided.” This new edition of A Class Divided expands significantly on the material covered in both documentaries.
“This exceedingly well-written book should be on the reading list of virtually all teacher education classes.”—John I. Goodlad, author of A Place Called School
"As a document, [it] is moving and instructive."—Anthony Borden, Nation
"This book is not only a wonderful study of educational psychology. It reads like a novel. I recommend it highly."—Carl Kreider, Mennonite Weekly Review
"A very interesting and easily readable book. . . . A Class Divided could be very helpful on an individual level for personal reflection. It would be equally useful for discussion in teacher training classes and for professional development workshops for members of the helping professions."—Janice Hale-Benson, Young Children
"Reading this book is excellent preparation for becoming inoculated against racism."—George Henderson, Educational Leadership
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"This exceedingly well-written book should be on the reading list of virtually all teacher education classes."—John I. Goodlad, author of A Place Called School