Drama, Psychology and the Holocaust – risk taking and Curriculum for Excellence

Yellow bib project shows pupils how genocide could occur.

A group of S1 pupils was deliberately ostracised and discriminated against by staff at a secondary school, in a project designed to show how genocide could occur.

The 20 Dumbarton Academy pupils, from a cohort of 120, wore yellow bibs for a day, designating that they were inferior and would have fewer rights than their peers.

Some found the day upsetting, but staff, pupils and researchers were united in praising the project, and the school hopes to run it again.

The experiment, based on Jane Elliott’s famous “blue eyes/brown eyes” experiment of 1968, took place in spring 2009, but came to wider attention at the recent Scottish Educational Research Association annual conference

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