In addition to the speakers, students watched the film A Class Divided. The
film shot in 1970, addresses discrimination. The film takes us through the journey of a 3rd grade class learning about and experiencing prejudice. Their teacher, Ms. Elliott conducts an experiment where she divides the class into brown eyes and blue eyes in order for the children to learn about discrimination. Darby Trimble ’17 commented about the film, “I enjoyed the movie because Ms. Elliott was inspirational.” After the film, the students broke out into discussion groups to talk about Ms. Elliott’s experiment, privilege and gender. Olivia Bartholomew ’17 commented, “I liked how we got to hear about different peoples opinions on the topic at hand.”
All and all, the students really enjoyed this years Beyond the Books day. Although no academic classes meet on Beyond the Books day, students learn valuable life lessons that can help them conquer whatever challenges they may encounter.