Eye of the Storm Class Discussion

After watching the film please leave a comment responding to at least one of the questions below. You also need to respond to at least one other student.

Questions:

  1. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?
  2. Could you feel how badly and ashamed the students wearing the collar felt? How did it make you feel?
  3. Why do you think the students without the collar came to adopt so easily a discriminative position?
  4. Why was that kid trying to tear apart his collar? How do you think he felt during this experiment?
  5. Why do you think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?

151 thoughts on “Eye of the Storm Class Discussion”

  1. I think that the most shocking part of the film for me was how fast the blue-eyed students on Tuesday got used to their routine, and how quickly the class turned on itself.

    1. Why do you think the students without the collar came to adopt so easily a discriminative position?
      I think it’s like the saying: “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It’s because they were thrust into a position of power, and they abused it.

  2. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    The moment that shocked me was when the blue eyed children started bullying the brown eyed children because they so easily let go of the friendship they had before the experiment took place.

    1. me too because when they got these extra privileges they let go of their friendship in a snap and became little bullies.

  3. Which particular moment in the film shocked you the most? why?
    The moment that shocked me the most in the film was when the teacher was doing the blue eyes and brown eyes experiment. ������������������������

  4. Why do you think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?
    I think the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over because they were happy when they were privileged but angry and emotional when they were being discriminated.

    1. I agree but I also think they were happy because everyone got to be treated equally and can get together with their friends again even if they had a different eye colour.

  5. 1. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?
    1. When the blue-eyed students tried to discriminate the brown-eyed student, like when white people are racist and look down at black people. Because the kids started as best friends and then became children who discriminates each other.

  6. Q3. – Why do you think the students without the collar came to adopt so easily a discriminative position?

    Ans. – I think it was because they had never had the mindset that they were better and smarter than their peers before, but when their teacher who was superior to them told them this they thought that it must be true. They must have thought “if she is telling us this then it must be true because she is superior than us.” They had also never had these extra privileges that they had now, and they wanted to make the most of it while they could. They soon thought that since they had these extra privileges they were special and the others weren’t.

  7. I am answering number 1. The most shocking part from this video was when all of the blue superior eye felt better than all brown in a couple minutes. It is really stupid that everything gets out of hand in less than 50 minutes.

    Matthew:D

    1. I agree. It’s weird how the kids were friends before and and starts turning on each other when they hear that the blue eyed people are better.

  8. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    the moment when all the kids that were discriminated the previous day had the tables turned on them and they quickly discriminated each other.

  9. 1.Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most?
    Why?

    Answer:
    When the blue eyed kid called the brown eyed kid brown even though they are friends.

    1. Totally agree! I thought that this was absurd…how can best friends treat each other like dirt after only recently being told that blue eyes were better then brown eyes? Its C R A Z Y

    2. I also agree with you! It made me feel bad, that they had to be apart from their friends, but they eventually learned their lesson. But, also I was shocked when she elaborated with the real world to a classroom because they are still young, and didn’t know about anything about discrimination.

  10. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    The part that shocked me was that the kids turned around so quickly and immediately, just because they were told to.

  11. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    I found it incredibly shocking how impressionable kids can be at a young age, and how they will believe most of everything an adult or figure of authority tells them.

  12. Which particular moment in the film shocked you most in the film?

    How quickly the kids started discriminating others just because of the experiment. Right when the teacher started the experiment, they started to mistreat each other.

    1. I completely agree with that. It also shocked me that even thought the teacher told them it was an experiment, they mistreated each other.

  13. I think the students looked happy at the end of the experiment because all of them suffered from others overpowering them, and they all knew how it felt like and didn’t like it.

    1. I agree. I think the students were happy that all of them were happy because now none of them don’t have any more control or advantages over any other. And now that none of them do, they feel happy that they are equal and they understood the concept of what the experiment was trying to show them.

    2. I agree because they didn’t really know how to acknowledge this as an experiment (Both brown and blue eyed). They also took advantage towards their superiority (Blue eyed), then were retaliated, and they understood how the brown eyed people felt.

  14. I think that the most shocking part of the video was how quickly the brown-eyed kids accepted that they were worse than the blue-eyed kids.

  15. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    The parts or parts that shocked me most was how fast the kids would change emotions after the teacher says one thing. Like the first day she said blue – eyed people are better and and brown – eyed people were dumb. The blue – eyed people were so happy because she gave them more playtime and more advantages. But the next day, when it changes over, the kids just basically exchanged emotions.

    And lastly, when she talked about saying that this was just an experiment at the end, the kids all went happy and joyful and understood that this is what is happening in the real world and is not just an experiment.

    1. I agree becuase the children did change their opinion extremely quickly, and after being friends for a long time, to in an instant change into people who hate each other.

  16. 1) Which particular moment in the film shocked you the most? Why?
    How the children believed their teacher so quickly, and just accepted the fact that they were either superior or inferior. They didn’t even argue, and just accepted it.

  17. Why do you think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?

    I think the children are so relieved becuase they felt as if they have been set free from being a bad person. I think that the children also thought that when they did not have to wear the ribbons, they were “normal” kids again.

    1. I would also see why they were relieved was because when they were segregated, they felt like they couldn’t hang out with the opposite eye color, even if they were best friends before.

  18. The most shocking part was how quickly they got at each other even though the teacher told them in the beginning it was not for real.

  19. I think the most shocking thing that happened in the eye of the storm clip is how people with absolute power can corrupt society absolutely. (How people can change so quickly)

  20. Which paticular moment in the film has shocked you the most and why ?
    The most part that shocked me when the teacher said to the students look at the black people.Its really shocking because now a days people dont call Africans,Indians,etc black people.There just friendly.

  21. Why do you think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?
    I think that they were filled with joy at the end since everything was finally over and they can all be equal and be one class again. I also think they were so happy because if there friends were different eye colours now they can finally play again and go back to the friendship they had from the start.

  22. I think that all that in the end all the students were so happy, because they turned into mean nasty children who kept discriminating others. You could see in the end that everyone hugged eah other back because they were relieved to have their friends back. It was easy to see how one can easily gain an advanatge over someone just by their eye color

  23. The most shocking part about this video for me is that how easily the kids accepted that blue eyed people are better than brown eyed people, or that brown eyes are better than blue eyes.

  24. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?
    The most shocking part was when the teacher said that they would do a two day experience at the start of class and as soon as the teacher started to mistreat them, the students started to feel miserable and depressed. Also when the teacher were talking about black people in a very mean way.

    1. Yes, if someone told me that this was experiment, I wouldn’t take it THAT seriously, especially if it was only two days!

  25. 1. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?
    The moment in the film that shocked me the most was the fact that 3rd graders changed as quick as an eye blink and started discriminating and turning on their own friends even after the teacher told them it was an experiment! Another part that shocked me horrified me was when a boy punched his friend in the gut and face for calling him brown eyes on the first day the the experiment.

  26. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    I think the most shocking thing that happened would be how quickly the students turned on each other. It’s shocking because before the teacher said that blue eyes are better than brown eyes everyone was friendly with each other but when it was said who was better everyone turned on each other.

    1. I agree. I think that everyone would still be friends if she didn’t say that. She did, and the conflict started happening.

  27. What particular moment in the film has shocked you the most?
    Why?

    I think the most surprising moment was when the fight occurred between the blue-eyed kid, and the brown-eyed, because they changed in such a small time, and they were friends a day before.

    1. I agree, I definitely think that the experiment had a huge impact on the children. It really made me realize how fast you’re opinion can change about someone.

    2. I agree. I think that when the teacher said that one was less than the other the entire perspective of some of the people they were friends with changed which is completely insane. Everyone likes being the better person but when they rub it in to the worse person it can get heated.

  28. Why do you think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?

    I think that the kids really realized how others who didn’t have white skin felt. One boy was like ripping apart his collar. This experiment really made me realize how fast it takes people to change and realize how people should be treated equally.

    1. Do you think in a real time situation, this would happen? Why, or why not? Would they be relieved and happy, after they are fair? Or in a real time situation would the people who are superior not be happy? I liked how you answered 2 questions.

    2. I agree that the kids loved it when they where on the top but realized how horrible it really was once they were on the bottom.

  29. Why was that kid trying to tear apart his collar? How do you think he felt during this experiment?

    I feel like the kid was trying to tear apart the collar because it symbolised being caged or trapped like a circus animal in front of a crowd and tearing them up was like breaking free of the cage. The collars were a constant reminder that they were worse than the blue or brown eyed people.

    1. I totally agree! I think that in his head he was thinking that he was finally free and that there was no more discrimination lingering around him. He ripped the collar to symbolize that he wasnt in a cage anymore.

  30. I was shocked when the kids actually turned on each other believing the teacher . It just made think, this is what happens in real time racism situations.

  31. What surprised me the most is how much the kids got into the experiment. Some of the kids went as far to calls other kids names and even hit each other. Even though they were all friends the day before they still showed no kindness to one another.

  32. Question 1:Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    The part when the kid was swearing at the teacher shocked me the most, because he looked very upset. I think he had been a lot of hate and anger inside him.

    1. You are absolutely right. The oppressed, discriminated against people were feeling the same way. They wanted to “break free” from their position. That is why, the oppressed fought for equality. That was a good opinion! An example of racism is:

  33. 1. I was shocked when one of the kids started fighting because the other thought he was superior so there was no wrong doing so/

  34. Why was that kid trying to tear apart his collar? How do you think he felt during this experiment?

    The kid was happy by tearing the collar apart because he didn’t like the way his race /eye color was treated and he felt the pain when the brown eye people felt on the first day, so that’s why he tore the collar.

  35. 5. Why do you think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?

    I think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved because they felt bad during the experiment. When they were being discriminated against, they felt as if they didn’t want to try hard in anything anymore. The “superior children,” though, did better when they were told “you are better”. Also, when it was time for them to switch roles the next day, the blue eyed children realized how hard it was to be discriminated against. All of the children didn’t like how other children so similar to them were being treated differently for the tiniest of reasons.

  36. Why do you think the students without the collar came to adopt so easily a discriminative position?

    They thought they were better than the brown eyed people , because their teacher told them. Back then, when the teacher said something it was considered as a law and should be respected by the students. An example is Hitler and the Nazi party. Hitler told the rest of Germany that the Jews are evil, now because he is more powerful than them they all believed him. So in this case if Hitler told them to jump of a cliff they would do it,because it was assigned by their leader in this case the teacher is the students leader.

    1. That is true about a lot of the world today. There is still a lot of prejudice in today’s society. Hopefully we can change things before it gets out of hand. To quote Nelson Mandela, “Change”

  37. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    What shocked me the most in this video was that after 15 minutes they already started discriminating the brown eyed people, because they are 3rd graders. I was also shocked when they used inappropriate language but I think it is because they used that language more back then.

  38. Why was that kid trying to tear apart his collar? How do you think he felt during this experiment?

    I feel like the kid was trying to tear apart the collar because it symbolised being different like a black man walking down the streets

  39. well they change so quickly because the in power athourtie said it was ok the person who has more power then them said that they had more rights then the other group

  40. The moment that shocked me the most was how the 3rd graders where being really racist and as soon as the teacher talked about the eye color thing everyone went from really nice kids to nasty and racist ones.

  41. Why was that kid trying to tear apart his collar? How do you think he felt during this experiment?
    I think it is because it was a symbol of the discrimination that was happening so he wanted to destroy what ever was left of the experiment.

  42. Why do you think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?

    I believe that they were so relieved because they felt that they had their basic school rights back. They could go to recess at the same time and play with each other and get seconds and lunch and all the things they could do before their teacher said they couldn’t. They could finally be with their friends and with each other, not just the blue eyed people or the brown eyed people. They could mix and everything could go back to normal.

  43. The moment that shocked me the most was when the third graders used the N word because they were allowed to use it in third grade and now if we were to use it we would get in a lot of trouble

  44. Why was that kid trying to tear apart his collar? How do you think he felt during this experiment?

    The kid was probably tearing apart his collar because the collars symbolized power over them by the people who did have power. the kid wanted to make sure that it would not happen again.

  45. Question 1: Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    The part that shocked me the most in the film is when the students chose to discriminate the brown eyed children when the teacher said that blue eyed are better than brown eyed people. It shocked me that after 15 minutes blue eyed people hated brown eyed people.

    I agree with stefanija because the teacher in 3rd grade is basically the god of the class so everything that teacher does can not be question.

  46. The moment that shocked me the most was when the 3rd grader with the blue eye punched the student with the brown eye as well as calling him brown eye.

    1. This surprised me because the students that made fun of black people really easily started to take ownership of others.

    2. That is a good point. When the teacher says something, everyone follows. As I said to Joaquin Martinez, “You are correct. That is a perfect example of what racism and superiority can do to a human being. From being friends with someone, it turns them into monsters. That is how easily friends can turn on each other when it comes to superiority. Nice example!”

  47. 1. What shocked me the most from that documentary was that the blue eyed boy punched the brown eyed boy just because of his eye color and what the teacher said. This is because of the fact that they were all friends yesterday, and they completely turned on each other the next day.

    1. You are correct. That is a perfect example of what racism and superiority can do to a human being. From being friends with someone, it turns them into monsters. That is how easily friends can turn on each other when it comes to superiority. Nice example!

  48. The kids looked very happy and relieved because they were free of “oppression”. They now could play with and talk to people with both eye colors. After the “minorities” were treated unfairly by their “superiors”, they were now equal. The times where one eye color was superior to the other were now gone. Now, everything was back to normal. the kids learned a very important lesson. Don’t judge another individual by their looks.

  49. Why was the kid trying to rip his collar after the experiment was over?

    I think that the kid was a bit overwhelmed and thought of all the mixed feelings that had happened. The first thought might be a happy one because he was happy that the experiment was over and he could play with his friends. The second thought would have been anger of how he has been acting all this time. The last thought would have been a sad or sorry thought towards his other classmates since he now knew what it felt when they had their turn or all of the other people he discriminated.

  50. Could you feel how badly and ashamed the students wearing the collar felt? How did it make you feel?
    I could feel how down and sad they felt. It made me feel like it is unfair and I think that they felt they were not as superior or treated as equal as everyone else. They might have felt very ashamed to have this type of eye colour.

    1. I agree for sure, because after they can take off their collar felt, I can see one little kid literally ripping it. I also thought that many kids was down because of this eye color experiment.(And plus, they didn’t know it wasn’t true…)

  51. Why do you think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?

    I think they were happy that it was over because they felt freedom and have right to play and everyone is equal now.
    I also think that they learned their lesson so they will never be mean to other people with discrimination.

  52. 3. Why do you think the students without the collar came to adopt so easily a discriminative position?

    I think this because children are strongly influenced by media, parents and, everywhere they look. Since this video was based quite a while back the congregation was still on going and children saw this happening in the streets. They thought it was okay to call black people n***** or to treat them differently from white people.

  53. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    A moment that shocked me was when the students worked on the flash cards and the students with the collars spent a longer time than their previous time and they said that they were slower because they were wearing the collars. It surprised me because of how easily they gave into being more inferior and letting it affect how they work

    1. I agree Trisha. Since children’s minds are easily changed they thought that wearing collars would slow them down because they thought they were defeated.

  54. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    The moment that shocked me was when as soon as the teacher proclaimed that blue eyed kids were better, the blue eyed kids called a kid brown eyed, immediately, it became an insult. They forgot all about their friendship because they suddenly have this new power and they believe in it because it was given by an authoritative figure.

  55. Why was that kid trying to tear apart his collar? How do you think he felt during this experiment?

    I think he ripped his collar because he never wanted to be reminded of that event. I also think he felt left alone and sad and also discriminated.

  56. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    I think the moment that the students started turned on each other, and beating up on each other. Another moment was when a certain student looked like he started to swear at the teacher.

  57. 5.Why was that kid trying to tear apart his collar? How do you think he felt during this experiment?
    I think he tore apart his collar because the collar was something that, to him, represented discrimination. By tearing it apart, it mean freedom and equality. I think he felt rejoiced.

    1. I agree. Throughout the whole experiment, like you said, the collar became a symbol of discrimination among the 3rd graders. Just like how the Nazis made Jews wear a pendant showing the Star of David to easily tell the the Aryans and the Jews apart. I also agree that the kid tearing apart the collar felt rejoiced, because, nobody would discriminated anymore, which relates to what I have aforementioned.

  58. 5. Why do you think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?

    I think they were all relieved because they could all be friends and they could put their differences aside. Also because no one would feel left out, it just means that all of their self- esteem has risen. After it was done they understood the concept of racism and discrimination.

    1. I think you have a good point, I would add that the kids not only understand the concept of discrimination and racism, but also they know how they would feel emotionally and how the discrimination would make them even more different.

  59. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    The part that shocked me the most was when the kids changed in 15 seconds. It was amazing that one statement that a teacher made could change that mentality of a group of people that were friends. This was totally shocking

  60. The particular moment that shocked me the most was when the teacher thought that black eyed people were better than brown-eyed people at first. Later on she thought that brown-eyed people were better than Black-eyed people. Therefore everybody didn’t feel good about themselves. Therefore the teacher made a discrimination. Also the teacher said that brown eyed people shouldn’t play with black eyed people. This taught bad things to all the 3rd grade students.

    I agree what Stefanija said that the teacher said that black-eyed people are better than brown eyed people.

  61. What moment in the movie shocked you the most? Why?

    Two things stood out the most for me, the first being that if you decrease or increase a child’s confidence it takes a drastic toll on their class performance. The kids that were told they were superior worked faster, better and with more confidence, the opposite was true for the other group. Secondly I was surprised to see how fast the took to the adult so fast. I thought that if that is what happens with us and people in general that seems like a dark future.

  62. You are absolutely right. The oppressed, discriminated against people were feeling the same way. They wanted to “break free” from their position. That is why, the oppressed fought for equality. That was a good opinion! An example of racism is:

  63. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most?
    Why?

    I think that the most surprising moment in the film was when the experiment started because once they got their privileges taken away from them they were really down and it affected their learning.

  64. #4) Why was that kid trying to tear up his collar? How do you think he felt during this experiment?

    When regimes end, the first thing people usually do is destroy anything that reminds them of that time, or of that dictator. I think the kid felt like he was being oppressed by the collar, and by the new rules that were enforced by the teacher.

  65. Why do you think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?

    I think that the kids looked happy and relieved after the experiment was because they can be treated equally again. The kids can play with one another, can do the same things as the other coloured eye kids and that they do not get judge just because how they look.

  66. Why do you think that the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?
    They were so happy because they got to be together again as one whole community with nothing separating them just because of race, gender, religion, etc. Also, their minds changed to what they thought about discrimination, racism and prejudice. An example was a kid was ripping the “special collar.” He was showing the class that racism should stop immediately.

  67. In my point of view, I think the kid tried to rip the collar, to symbolize freedom from the oppression of the other kids, because it looked like it was ripped in an act of hatred for discrimination towards him based on his eye color.

  68. What shocked you most in the film?Why
    What shocked me most in the film was how fast kids were persuaded to think of their eye color dominance and how rude they were to one another. They were persuaded in 15 minutes! Why this shocked me was because I never thought kids at that time could be so different and racist from kids this time
    How ashamed do you think the students were wearing the color?How did it make you feel?
    I believe the kids who wore collars were really sad and ashamed because of all the things they couldn’t do and the friends they couldn’t chat with. I don’t know what I felt watching this but I could understand the feeling

  69. I think that when the brown eyed kids were the ‘smart ones’ they started to tease the blue eyed kids faster because they saw the the blue eyed kids do it the day before so they thought it was okay to tease them.

  70. 1. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    One particular moment during the film that shocked me was how quickly the 3rd grade kids turned from being cheerful, cooperative people into, how Mr. Milewski put it: little monsters. Immediately the blue eyed people and brown eyed people separated and despised each other, regardless if the people they were discriminating were their friends, or even best friends. They absolutely hated each other. And in one point of a film a brown-eyed boy punched a blue-eyed boy because the other person called him a brown-eyed, which somehow became an offensive word among the 3rd graders.

  71. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?

    The moment that shocked me the most was (on the Tuesday) when the kids started using “brown eyed” as an insult. On of the boys was explaining that he got in a fight with another boy because he was called “brown eyed”. This shocked me because before they did the experiment, they never used “brown eyed” as an insult, and suddenly, just because Ms. Elliot told them it was bad to be brown eyed, it became insulting.

  72. Why do you think the students without the collar came to adopt so easily a discriminative position?
    The students adapted so easily because they were influenced by thier teacher or the person of authority.

  73. 1. It shocked me what the little kids thought of black people

    2. I could tell how ashamed the collared kid felt bc they couldnt do the things that the different colored eyed people could. And I felt bad for the kids who wore collars

    3. Because they thought they were better then the kids with the collars, so they thought they could do what they want

    4. The kid was tearing apart his collar because he wanted to show how angry he was about the experiment

    5. Because they didnt have to wear the collars anymore, and they could be with their friends

  74. Why was that kid trying to tear apart his collar? How do you think he felt during this experiment?

    I think that that kid was trying to tear his collar because he wanted to signify that the brown eyed kids were not better at him anymore. I think he felt satified, hateful, faithful, and joyful all at different times in the expirement.

  75. Why do you think the students without the collar came to adopt so easily a discriminative position?

    The blue eyed kids thought that they were greater than the brown eyed kids because the teacher told them that. the students thought that the teacher is like a leader so they thought that she was right.

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