February 27th, 2008
11:00 PM ET

School Segregation Study

You see in Thursday's show how one high school's segregation experiment worked out – and what kinds of controversy it caused.  A key difference from the actual 20th-century segregation:  Students at Schlagle High School who were considered "dark-skinned" got all the privileges in their school's recent exercise.

What did you think of this event?  How would this go over at your school?  Do you think this was an effective way to show students how segregation made people feel, or did it do more harm than good, causing a racial rift?  We're looking forward to your comments!

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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  1. Ryan

    I think this is a wrong experiment because everyone suppose to be friendly. This is completely wrong.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:01 am | Reply
  2. mandi

    I believe the experiment sheds light on the racial injustice which prevails in everyday life. Instead of leaving school for feeling offended, use it as a learning experience not to judge others based on race. After the experiment is over, light students can educate people about how it felt not having the same privileges as their peers.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:06 am | Reply
  3. jeff

    i think it is just bad. this wouldn't sense to me i would just wanna cry if im allowed to

    February 28, 2008 at 7:37 am | Reply
  4. Micah

    I think It would be awsome!!!

    February 28, 2008 at 8:33 am | Reply
  5. Jay Lewis

    I think the event is okay because it gives other student s an idea of what their families had suffer during Segregation in the past.

    February 28, 2008 at 8:39 am | Reply
  6. Erica

    I do not believe that this idea would go over well with our high school. I do not believe our parents would consent to the idea.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:26 am | Reply
  7. Seth

    I think that this event was not effective because i would assume that most of the students just went on with a normal day and didnt really know how it felt. If anything this just made the white students angry and probably caused more problems than anything.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:27 am | Reply
  8. Amy

    I believe that if this experiment was preformed in our school it would teach alot of kids a lesson, but also start alot of drama. I think it would be intresting to learn and know how it felt for colored people back when segregation was big in the past. Knowing how the colored people would teach of of a better understanding of what it was like for them. It may be intresting but this experiment in my opinion would be very risky in the fact that alot of students would make a big deal and ruin it for others.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:28 am | Reply
  9. Alexa

    I think that if there was a study at my school with racism it wouldn't go well. Many students would get very upset about the issues that might come up. I think that a lot of them wouldn't even put up with it, and would leave school. There would be many students with hurt feelings, and I feel as though it woudn't be something that our school should do. Even though it would put things into perspective for many people, not everyone would understand the point of all of it. So I feel that it would not be a good idea to do at our school.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:28 am | Reply
  10. Donielle

    I thought this was a bad idea. It wasn't fair in the days of slavery to segregate people, so why would it be fair in these days? By doing this, the teens on this committee may have caused some resentment from the 'light' students. The students on this Black History Month Committee in that school said that they were trying to teach the other students a lesson. What makes them think that they necessarily need to be taught a lesson? If there were problems with racial intolerance in that school, I could see how it could have possibly been a good idea, but I know that if this happened in our school, a majority of students wouldn't even bother to come to school.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:29 am | Reply
  11. Amber

    I think this was a great experiment for this high school. I believe it was a creative way to open the eyes of not just white people but everyone there. I know that would cause a lot of controversy here at my school, but it would have an incredible effect on the students here at my school. I would just hope that my classmates don't act as childish and insecure as the students at this high school. I mean they are in high school, right???

    February 28, 2008 at 9:29 am | Reply
  12. Shirene

    I believe that segregating a high school in the 20th century would do more harm than good, because of the fact that we've gone so long without it that it would disrupt the way the student feel and act. I understand that it was to teach the students a lesson, but there are more effective ways of going about that. The administration should have let the parents know and the students know about what they were about to do before doing it that way there wouldn't have been so much controversy.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:30 am | Reply
  13. Kimmie

    I am not completely sure if I agreed with the way the experiment was played. I feel that if this experiment was done in our school it would not go over very well. Since I've been in school there has been a lot of controversy over race. If this experiment would have been carried out differently it might have worked better, for instance the parents should have been informed.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:30 am | Reply
  14. Angel

    To separate students of different races for a day is great Idea. It shows the kids what it feels like to separate someone from a group just because they seem different from what your used too calling normal.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:31 am | Reply
  15. Greg

    I thought that this segregation experiment was an excellent way of showing the past struggles in today's world. At a school like mine, there would almost definitely be a disagreement with the activity. It's not that I attend a racist school, but there are a few people with some stern opinions on people of other races. I think the part that really bothers the white students is that they're being put in the same shoes that African Americans were for many, many years. At the same time, that is exactly what the experiment is about, to show students and to help them understand the frustration African Americans went through. If I would walk into my school one morning and see signs segregating the students, I would just shrug my shoulders and try to get a feel for the past.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:31 am | Reply
  16. Trent

    I believe that by segregating schools today we are humiliating students. We as students didn't do anything to deserve to be segregated and to receive less then other students in the school. we learned from our teachers and class about how blacks were treated and the living conditions they had to live through. Why would we today htough have to go through the same thing that they did? We all understand that it's black history month and we do think of the horrible times that the blacks went through. But i just don't see the point in segregating schools today and having us deal with the same things that peopl ehad to deal with before. It's almost as if we are bringing back our past that we just want to forget about. I don't think that we as Americans are proud about our past and what we did to the blacks and how we treated them. If our school would be segregated for a day though, i believe that kids would think that it wa a joke at first. But then after a couple of days we as white kids would start to become furious and start to become violent after time.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:31 am | Reply
  17. Haley

    In my opinion I feel this experiment was a fantastic idea. It really helps younger adults to see in a first hand experience what segregation was like. It provides knowledge for both black and whites to see how it felt to go through segregation physically and emotionally. For my school, at Hamburg Area High School, I unfortunately feel this experiment wouldn't work out very well. First off our school is not very diverse in races, and secondly a think a lot of parents and students would have a problem similar to the ones presented on the CNN clip that this is too extreme. I hope more schools can benefit from this idea and even try it out. I think it was an awesome idea and really highlights Black History Month.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:32 am | Reply
  18. adrianne

    i think this project would not work at our school. we do not have a lot of racial diversity so there would be a very limited group verses' a big group. although it might be educational, i do not believe it would be very effective here. I think there would be a few fights and maybe a lot of people going home..

    February 28, 2008 at 9:32 am | Reply
  19. Laura

    Personally I believe that holding such an event in my school wouldn not go over well at all. In a small way I do believe that is was an effective way to show students how it felt to be segregated, but at the same time I believe they went about it the wrong way. Segregation is mainly something that is now in the past and to remind students of it isn't always the besy thing to do. The topic of segregration should simply be left in the past where it belongs, although clearly it will continue to be apart of our lives.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:33 am | Reply
  20. Caitlin

    Although there were good intentions behind this experiment, it causes animosity towards the "dark-skinned" students. The segregation of public places that occurred in the 60s was not fair, but it was effective.
    At our school, this event would have caused chaos to say the least and would deepen the racial rift that we currently are experiencing.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:33 am | Reply
  21. Alyse

    I think that the segregation activity was a bad idea since it only caused problems between black students and white students. There are other ways to teach students about segregation.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:34 am | Reply
  22. Jodie

    The students at Schlagle High School conducted an experiment with racism between "dark-skinned" and "light-skinned" students. I think this event was a good idea to confront racism, however not all of the students seemed to take it seriously. If the administration took charge of the situation, they might've taken it more seriously. It's hard to consider what it would be like, when the students in our day and age never actually had to deal with racism in that way. If this was conducted in our school, I believe not everyone would take it seriously, however to those who would, it would be a learning experience. Although it was meant to be an effective way of showing the effects of racism, I think it was taken two different ways. Some of the students took it well, while others didn't. It's based on the person as an individual and their way of life.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:34 am | Reply
  23. jake

    I don't think this would be effective at all in our school. First of all our school is pretty much all white, and everyone would probably take it as a joke and it would be anything but a learning experience.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:35 am | Reply
  24. Kasondra

    They had a good point in showing people how racism makes other people feel, but the principal shouldve forwarned the students and parents and get their opinion on it before doing something like this.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:36 am | Reply
  25. Alyssa

    I think this was a good way to expose past segregation in our country. However this experiment did not work out to well at that school and probably wouldn't work well in my school either. Everybody has so many different opinions and ideas about what is right or wrong. I just hope that one day all people will get along with one another regardless of any racial or ethnic difference.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:36 am | Reply
  26. Abdul

    I think this was a very risky thing to try without the students knowing anything about it. This would go by fairly well at my school if the students knew beforehand. This could be an effective way to show people how segregation made other people feel, but it also depends on the students level of maturity and how they react to it.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:37 am | Reply
  27. Cody

    I thought the event was a good idea. It was a great way of showing what segregation was like years ago, but there are always people who take it too seriously. It was a one day thing, and yet people where already complaining that it wasn't right. Well...segregation wasn't right. If the school would have sent home a letter about the event ahead of time, many people probably wouldn't have even showed up.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:37 am | Reply
  28. Allison

    Under the right circumstances, this activity may have been an enlightening experience. With the right level of maturity and the proper amount of organization, an important lesson could have been delivered to teens who needed it.
    Unfortunately, we're talking about high school.
    Students need to know that segregation – whether it is physical or psychological – is big issue across the world and in the history of our country. While this problem obviously needs to be adressed, this situation could obviously been handled differently.
    I wish that teenagers today would be mature enough to handle the truth.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:40 am | Reply
  29. Nick

    I think this was a good idea because it did showed people how segregation made people feel. However that is in the past, now we have equal rights and we are mostly past that. I wouldn’t matter at my, which is mainly whites, so it wouldn’t do much. But it had good intentions.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:07 am | Reply
  30. Dulaney

    I thank the idea is valid, but it was not carried out very well. The principal should have notified the parents, and should have expanded it past just race, because the lesson there is more to the lesson that needs to be taught than just that.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:08 am | Reply
  31. Dylan

    I think its going a little too far. learning what one another felt during this time is important, but doing something to this extent, and not warning people about it has a good chance of causeing problems. now-a-days we live in a far more equal society, something like this isnt neccisary on such a high level. I am not sure how it would go over in my school, but, from the way the students act here, I think it may cause tension and problems. those times during the civil rights movement are almost completely gone, there is almost no reason to keep opening the old wounds.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:08 am | Reply
  32. Tom

    I think this study as a whole is a great idea because it puts things into perspective. For some schools though, it would not even be worth trying to do by just skin color. They should have done it male and female or something like that so people wouldn’t be so up in arms about it.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:09 am | Reply
  33. Joshua

    I think from what I saw and heard that it would just be a nightmare how some people are taking this in to their persective that most of the dark skined student are being treated with more power than the light student's and both lihgt and dark skin student's should have equal power.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:10 am | Reply
  34. Melissa

    I thought that the event was an excellent way to show students that segregation is a bad thing but you see that this event has caused many differences and possible “hard” feelings towards the other race. A thing that might have been better to do was instead of using racial segregation, use things like clothing or something else like that. What may have been better also if you still wanted to use the racial segregation to show students that racial discrimination is a bad thing, then you could use ALL the races and not just separate based on the colors “light” and “dark.” I think that would have made a better and more peaceful conflict.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:10 am | Reply
  35. Lu2

    I think that it is a good idea to show how segregation, prejudice, and hatred but it was all one sided. It was only about black and whites not any other kind of prejudice, example being males and females. The principle should have told the parents before going with that day.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:10 am | Reply
  36. Molly

    I think that the experiment had good intentions, but since there are always people who can take things out of hand, there was a lot of risk involved. The idea of switching the privileges sounded fine, but the fact that it was sort of sprung on the students, made them feel uncomfortable, so it was poorly handled. Instead of doing it by race, perhaps have it be between men and women, or different hair or eye colours. This way it doesn't have such an intense feeling, but it still teaches the lesson you wish to get across.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:11 am | Reply
  37. Caleb

    This event had good intentions but it was executed poorly. Instead of just separating black and white kids the whole day, they should have separated male or female or some other way also. It wouldn’t go over at our school because we don’t have enough black people. I think that the event did good for those that saw what the intention was, but not for people like the first girl that was interviewed.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:11 am | Reply
  38. Luke

    This is totally racist. I think that this school went way too far. I don't think that this teaches kids how to not be racist, but how to be racist.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:12 am | Reply
  39. moamen

    i think this had a good intention but i also think the way this shoud've been done is to have segregation between all male and all female (black and white}. if this woud've happend in our school there would've been too much trouble.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:12 am | Reply
  40. Frankie

    I love the idea of this segregation experiment. I love the fact that students of my race are getting to experience what it was like for blacks in the past. I t really opens my eyes. At my school, this would not go very well due to most of our students being white. The next highest race would be spanish-americans then, african-americans. So, personally, i don't think this would go over too well.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:13 am | Reply
  41. James

    I believe that the segregation experiment could be a good idea but it needs to be more thought out. The parents should definatly be contacted before the experiment began. the experiment would teach kids about the hardships of segregation and would probably stop that mistake from happening again.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:13 am | Reply
  42. T.J.

    I think these kids had good intentions in what they were trying to do. But they executed it all wrong, because there will always be people who take things to the extreme.Instead of segregating be race alone they could have done it by hair, gender, grade etc. school has a large percentage of whites, and not so much African Americans so the effectiveness would not have been very prominent.That’s why I said to execute it in a different way.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:13 am | Reply
  43. andrew q

    i liked the experiment but i do not think it was planned out or performed in the best way possible.
    the way that would make it a little bit better would be to not allow the opposite race see each other at all.
    i do not think that it would work at my school because the ratio of dark to light is too small

    February 28, 2008 at 10:15 am | Reply
  44. Kyle

    The though process of this event is good, but the execution did not go so well. Parents should have been warned and students should have been able to choose not to participate in the event. This reenactment is a good idea but I think there could have been a little better planning.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:15 am | Reply
  45. Lindsey

    I really think it isn't effective. Students would get the idea of segregation being wrong if they were to learn about it in a history class, instead of actually experiencing it. Whether it's the dark-skinned, white-skinned, or whoever getting all the privileges, it's still bound to hurt someone who will take it to heart. We know that it made people feel awful back then, so why would we want to repeat that, just in reverse, to teach a lesson?

    February 28, 2008 at 10:16 am | Reply
  46. Alli

    I think that this is a great way to help the students feel like they are back in the segregation days, but it is the opposite. I wish my school would do that because it would be totally awesome.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:17 am | Reply
  47. Charlie

    i think that it would be a good study if people would just go along with it and not freak out like the girl on the interview. my school has a mostly white population so i dont think that it would work quite as well. but if it could i would be willing to go along with the study.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:17 am | Reply
  48. Darious

    I think it was a good idea just taken the wrong way. it was just a lesson in the lives of African-American life during the civil rights movement. people shouldn't get mad over it if racism is truly over.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:21 am | Reply
  49. Carmen

    I think that even though the experiment did not mean to be harmful, it wasn’t smart or necessary. In my opinion, it was a pointless thing to do and only lead to controversy. If the school system is singling out one group of kids, even for an experiment, people are going to get mad. None of the kids in that school had anything to do with slavery or any kind of civil rights movement, so I don’t really see what lesson could be learned. Whether it was the light skinned people getting special treatment or the dark skinned people, none of them deserve to have less than the other. If I was a student there I would not have been happy. I can understand how unpleasant segregation was without having to be a part of it myself.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:23 am | Reply
  50. Carl

    I admire the intentions of the experiment, but I also agree that it has the potential to raise tensions. I think the experiment could be improved if the kids were randomly chosen whether they were to be labeled "dark" or "light." This way kids aren't actually chosen based on their skin color, but they experience segregation all the same.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:13 am | Reply
  51. Caleb

    Personally, I think this is quite a good idea. It does have the potential to get some minds reeling and mouths moving about this, but from there it could go either way. And which way it goes depends entirely on the city, the people, etc. It would make more sense if people were selected, randomly, and informed of which things could or couldn't be used, where you sit, and so on. If it were to go that way, I think it might go a way that benefits less students leaving schools because of a day working like this.

    Of course, the controversy it what really makes it a good idea. By raising this sort of controversy, I could see better things resulting from an experiment like this, rather than randomly selecting students. It kind of lets "light-skinned" students experience what it would've been like for those "dark-skinned" students back when segregation and racism were still around. It could raise better discussion, make people see each other a lot more equal than we do right now.

    I think it might go over well in most schools, but again, it all depends on the people there, how the experiment it distributed (like informing parents and ignoring complaints because of the parent's fear), and the nature of the teachers and such. But, I think an idea like this really has good potential.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:17 am | Reply
  52. Ben.S

    I think that spliting up the school was an awful idea. they say the reason we study history is so we don't make the same mistake twice and giving dark skin kids special rights is just going to make light student appreciate dark students even less than before.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:21 am | Reply
  53. Amanda

    I don't like the idea of this.

    My school can't do this because I am home schooled

    February 28, 2008 at 11:34 am | Reply
  54. Lexi

    my opinion is that yes, it does teach the students about what happened in the past. This experiment teaches the students that things were seperate but were not equal. Many students were very upset about this little experiment because it teaches hate.I believe this is true too. We should not have to go back in time and relive the hate that happened between the darks and the lights. That was a rough time period for the human race and to relive it is just nonsense. I know if my school did this a riot would break out. Im in a school where it is basically farmers against darks. The farmers, they would just go nuts.I think if a note went out to all the parents informing them about this experiment that the parents would not have let this happened.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:46 am | Reply
  55. Katie

    I think that the example of segregation that went on in the school was inappropriate. I believe that segregation should only be taught in the classroom and not have example of it go on throughout the whole school. I'm sure that if a segregation example would go on in my school there would be a lot of angered students and at the same time students who felt uncomfortable. It would also set off a controversy for the school board. So, instead of having a controversial issue going on in the school, the topic should just be taught as part of the ciriculum in the classroom.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:47 am | Reply
  56. Kelsey

    I don't think that this experiment was very good. I think it is a learning experience, but at the same time I believe it's bringing back something that should not be resurfaced. I think that this experiment may be taken out of school and create a conflict.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:47 am | Reply
  57. Ashley

    I think that if we had a segragation day at our school it wouldn't go over well. Our school is a little hick town in the middle of nowhere and we don't have many people of different race here. Our school is mostly white kids, most of which are racial. You can tell that most of the people in our school are seperated by race just by the people they hang out with. If we had a segragation day here the minority in our school would be the ones being treated better than the majority and with how our school is with racism and just the seperation between races in general, it wouldn't go over very well. Most of the kids in school would probably go home or end up getting into fights which would cause an even biggere problem with in the school. So, i think it would just be better for our school to stay away from segragation day.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:48 am | Reply
  58. Trey

    Our school would have a lot of problems if there was an attempt at segregation. The number of blacks in our school is really low, and i feel that if they would try to segregate the whites from blacks there would be a lot of issues with students fighting and arguing. We do have had some racist issues in our school in the past, so i feel that this would just cause a huge problem.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:49 am | Reply
  59. vera

    I think that even though there were some dark skinned students in the committee that came up with the idea, the experiment should not have been done. If we would segregate dark skinned students and light skinned students in my school, I assure you it would not go down well. There is still a big controversy about racism and segregation. Although they only wanted to show people how segregation felt, I believe it did more harm to people than good. Segregation is a very strong issue for many, if not all, dark skinned people and should not have been repeated, even as an experiment.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:49 am | Reply
  60. Ashley

    I am very impressed with what this school has done. I feel that it was a great idea. I would really like my school to do something like this because i feel that people in my school need to learn what it was like back then when this is how it was everyday for dark skinned people. I personnally would like to have a day like this in my school because I feel it would be a great experience to have atleast alittle bit of a sense for how it felt to be dark skinned and judged wrong, and not allowed to do the same things that white people were allowed to do. Unfortunately I feel that most people in my school would not feel the same. Most of the students that come to my school would probably walk out and leave. Not a lot of people would think of it from a wider perspective and actually want to live a day in someone else's shoes from the past. It would be a good experience for everyone in all to experience if they would actually be willing to go through with it. At my school it would probably be hard to get everyone involved because a lot of people at my school are racists or have a bias against people with different skin tones. I am very happy to see that people from another school would actually attempt to pull it off. It is hard to get it to work right when you have a wide variety of different view points. I never even thought of anything like this because I would never think it would work, so i give the students in charge of this whole club/organization props for all of their work to try to get people involved in the history of blacks.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:50 am | Reply
  61. Kelsey

    In my opinion, I think that the whole idea of having an activity like this will really show people what people were treated like years ago. I think that my school should do it because it's a good idea and it would be a learning experience for everyone. I do know of some kids in my school that have problems with people who are a certain race. I wouldn't tell them about the activity until the day of, so when they show up to school, it will be a surprise. But maybe some would change their ways if they went through a similar experience.
    I remember watching the I Have a Dream speech, and watching the news on colored people getting sprayed with high pressure hoses, and it made me feel terrible. So in conclusion, I think that my school should definitely do and activity like this one. Alot of people would learn from it.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:50 am | Reply
  62. Dave

    The segregation study could be a good way of showing kids about how minorities have been treated. It could also be a study that some people take to far and people get offended. My school is in a more rural part of PA so i don't think it would go over well. It could be a good way to show students that may be a little close minded how bad it was. It could also cause a lot of controversy in this small town. If they wanted to try this study it would have be planned out VERY well.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:51 am | Reply
  63. Clay

    I think that there is a better way to teach students about segregation than the method used at Shlagle High School. Segregation was gotten rid of for a reason and should not be brought back so that students can feel the pain of being discriminated against. Nobody should have to go through that. Perhaps if the students and their parents were told of what was going to happen it may have gone over more smoothely, but doing something like this with no prior warning is asking for trouble.
    This would not go over very well at my high school. Not only because of the controversy it would most certainly cause, but because of the large difference in light colored and dark skinned student population.
    In conclusion, I do not think this is an effective way to teach students about segregation, it only brings up feeling of hatred that we have long been trying to get past.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:53 am | Reply
  64. Devin

    I think this event was alittle out of hand. I believe that people should be taught about black history but this was pushing the whole idea of segregation and racism. If an event like this would occur at our school there would not be many happy people. Kids should be taught what happened with slavery and those issues but to seperate the students by race is not right. One big thing that I disagree with is having the African Americans have the special treatment for the day because slavery and such happened to their race. This is true but those students themselves didnt have to go through that. They themselves don't know what its like to be segregated to that extremedy. It would have been more appropriate to switch the positions of the experiment because basically only having it that way is being racist now to the the white students. Making the white students basically be lower in society for that day, to me, is outrageously inappropiate. Both races of students went to far with stating white power and black power, and other comments like that. This "experiment" as they put it, was not a worked out idea. To many things were not planned properly and cause way too many problems.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:53 am | Reply
  65. Anonymous

    If segreation were be done at my school it wouldn't feel right. I think its right in a way. Even though they did what they did at their school it wasn't right. It was done back in the day it should'nt be brought up today. It was in the past, But there is still racism going on in the world today the dark skinned and the light skinned. People get judge the they look, the color of their skins. I dont think it should be done at our school. It wouldn't be right, the light skinned people would take it the wrong way. They probably would do something wrong to the dark skinned people.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:54 am | Reply
  66. Hannah

    The idea of the segregation was a unique way to interpret Black History Month, however, I feel that parents should have been informed beforehand. The parents who objected to their children participating, then could have had the option of participating. I think the idea of the light skinned students receiving better treatment, was interesting, because as a light-skinned person, we do not always understand the racial animosity that darker-skinned people encounter, even in today's society. This experiment definitely opened up a new can of worms for this school to digest. More students may now understand how it feels for different races, which can be positive, but also cause problems that may need to be worked out in the form of committees. As long as the school takes the time to listen and help the students understand why they did this, it could be a successful.
    In my school, I do not feel that this would go over well. We have a rather small number of dark-skinned students, so I feel that it would only segregate them more. Also, living in a rural area, I would be concerned that many students would take this experiment too far, or not seriously.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:54 am | Reply
  67. Brittany

    I think that this event was going too far. I understand that their point was to get people to understand what blacks had to go through, but if the whites students are being discriminated against for one day, it makes the students feel as if they've done something wrong, when they didn't do anything wrong. It violates their rights to be free, even if for one day.

    If this was performed at my school, I think there would be a huge negative stir around the issue. It would probably make the newspaper and even the news, since so many parents would be calling in and complaining. The students would most likely feel as if they have no say in the event and therefore act out in a negative way, such as screaming out racial comments in the hallway.

    I don't feel as if this is an effective way to show how it made people feel. It'll probably cause more harm than good. People would just get angry about not having a say, and they'd feel as if they did something wrong if they're being discriminated again. People would ask "Why should a student, who had no say in the discrimination of blacks decades ago, have to do that today if they don't want to since it wasn't their decision in the first place?" Since people would get upset by getting treated that way, they would most likely just have a negative attitude about the whole event, and possibly have more anger.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:54 am | Reply
  68. Kellen

    I feel the experiment at Sclegle High School, went beyond an educational experiance, and caused students to feel somewhat subhuman. I have no problem with Black History Month. I feel discrimination against African Americans and the Civil Rights movement, should be taught in every high school across America. Teens need to learn about that part of America's past, even though it is something as American's we can't be proud of. However, the experiment they performed, in reality was racism in action. Schools should be promoting equality and equal rights. Not making one race in the school feel better and be treated better than the rest. This experiment would never work in my school. In the last couple of years the minority population in the area has been growing, but the white population is still vastly larger. Also, a good number of people in the community and students in the school are prejudiced against non-whites. Hopefully, as time goes on more people in this area will be more accepting of non-whites.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:55 am | Reply
  69. Matthew

    I think that it is a brilliant idea, and that it should be practiced throughout the country. I believe that we should all get a taste of segregation. Though if other schools do this there should be some sort of announcement or meeting; just to inform the students on what’s going on. I believe that it would give more harm to certain schools, because our nation has not fully gotten over racism and probably never will (sad to say that). I do not think that it would go over very well in my school, just because some students are not open to new ideas and don't take change very well. Again i believe it would be a brilliant experience for schools in our nation,; and a wonderful learning experience as well.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:55 am | Reply
  70. Ryan

    At our school I do not think that this segregation exorcise would work well. We have a small number of “dark-skinned” students. This exorcise would only emphasize that they are a minority and create more of a separation. The other problem it might cause, is that some people would probably take it too far and yell racist comments.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:56 am | Reply
  71. Martin

    I do not think that seperating the students in a school today is a good idea, because I think that there is still racism in the some schools but not as much as in the past. If they would just educate the students together it would have a larger impact on the way they conduct themselves.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:56 am | Reply
  72. Brandy

    A segregation experiment would not work too well in my high school. Our school is not evenly diverse, there are very few dark skin students in my school. Segregation and privileges given to the dark students would be blown way out of per potion by a majority of the white students. The racial white students would go too far, with comment. It would cause hurt feelings, plus our society has over come segregation why go back?

    February 28, 2008 at 11:57 am | Reply
  73. Rebekah

    The segregation idea was a good idea to try for black history month. It gives student a great insite about what it was like for black cizitens during the 20th century. I'm sure the clored students had a great time with this experiment and for the day they were appreciated for the special treatment that was brought upon them. Unfortunately few white students were quite unhappy about this experiment causing an uproar throughout the school. People should be enthused about this life time experience, not all students are able to get this chance to relize how hard times were for blacks.

    I would be all for this idea, I mean its only one day, one simple day to show the treatment of people during the 20th century. I that cannot be handle respectfully and matureally by students then....I think that is ridiculous. White students apparently were not to excited about how they were being treated, others were happy about this.

    This centainly made people more aware of how it felt when segregation was around and quite obviously parents were showed a bit of fairness by this. By the uproar they showed towards the school, they were not to happy about how their children were being treated; mainly white parents.

    Just in general this was a very important lesson for some students, while for others it seemed to be just a waste of a day.

    I agreed with everything that went in, segregation is a lesson that should be experienced!

    February 28, 2008 at 11:57 am | Reply
  74. Tim

    I think that although this experiment caused somewhat of a problem, the school's intentions for it were good. They were trying to open up awareness to everyone about segregation in history and try to make it a topic of discussion. I think that some students are over-reacting because it was just an experiment and should not be taken as a serious act. It was just to make it an open subject. If this would happen at my school it would probably be even more of a big deal than at the school in the video. My school has a small population of "dark-skinned" people and a heavy population of white people. I hear some racist comments from students that even offend me, being white, so I think that this experiment would cause a huge negative reaction in my school. I think that this experiment was effective because it showed many people how it can feel to be segregated, which most "dark-skinned" people would know what thats like, many white people probably wouldn't.

    February 28, 2008 at 11:58 am | Reply
  75. Carolina

    As an overall reaction of this event at this high school, I can’t believe a school was bold enough to do something to the extent of segregating students. The whole issue of segregation is already a touchy subject for many and shouldn’t have to be experimented again. It’s an issue that hurts people emotionally and brings back memories of the past. Memories that would possibly reopen an old wound.
    How would this go over in my school, it wouldn’t go well to say the least. In a school were racial issues tend to blow up and turn for the worst it’s not something we wouldn’t try. Our school is over 90% light skinned people so the minorities would definitely be at the harm once again in an experiment like this. The minorities in my opinion in our school wouldn’t like the special treatment either, it’s something we try to avoid. I’m speaking through the view of a Hispanic to make it known, and as for the reaction of the whole school many students would probably leave and be very upset.
    On the other hand though, it is a way that people will get the full affect on how it felt. A feeling that is awful to even imagine, but I’m sure it was effective. Yes, people were upset and wanted to avoid the situation showing their ignorance. The point was proven and that’s the bottom line. As for a racial rift, it caused one. It was on CNN and student news!

    February 28, 2008 at 11:59 am | Reply
  76. Andrew

    I was highly offended by the segregation attempt at a Kansas high school. I go to a mainly African-American school and I happen to be white. I come from a White suburb 80 blocks from my school. Over the last couple of years I have developed a sort of hatred for many black people because of their arrogance and annoying habits. In many ways my school is segregated. All the black people sit in one portion of the cafeteria and are very expressive of how they feel towards white people. However there are alot of black people that I dont mind because you can actually sit down and talk to them. Many of the African Americans at my school have no care to be at school and have no plans for their future. Many of the kids believe that they are going to be gangsters and sell drugs for the rest of their lives. I am appalled that my tax money is paying for them to not recognize that an education is what they need. I think that this is by far a stupid idea but I can see where some high schools would think is a good idea. However it would be a no go at my high school.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  77. Brianna

    I actually think that this is an interesting way to teach kids about discrimination and inequality. Students can read about it all they want, but by experiencing it themselves, I think they are inclined to think more about prejudicial situations. However, I think that the principal really should have told BOTH the parents and kids. This is an interesting learning exercise, but something that changes the flow of school life so drastically is something that the students need to be aware of.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  78. Andrea

    What seems really illogical is that they were using racism to stop rasism. By divinding up the students they are supposed to learn to be one body of students, which seems

    February 28, 2008 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  79. Michael

    I think segregation is wrong and they shouldn't have done it to the entire student body especially without warning the public first. This action is irresponsible of the principle and is a major distraction of childrens education. Students are constantly persecuted for making distractions in school so a distraction this large should not go unpunished. The principle should be fired.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  80. Chelsea

    I think this could have potentially been a good idea, but the students just didn't handle it the way it should have been. By not telling the parents about it or talking to the student body before actually starting the segregation, it caused a lot of problems. I think that if the committee that started the segregation explained everything to the students first, it would've gone a lot smoother. I don't think segregation would work at all at our school. There are a lot of people that are racist at our school, and they wouldn't be accepting of the point that is trying to be made by this activity.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  81. lucas

    i think that the experiment of segregation wouldn't work in my school because there are too many "light skinned" people and they would ignore the signs and probable make a huge deal out of it.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  82. Kelsi

    I do not think this event at Schlagle High was a good idea. It seemed as if it caused a lot of problems. This would most likely not go over well at my school. I don't think this was an effective way to show studens how segregation made people feel. It caused a lot of problems when it happened in the 20th century, we shouldn't re-do the whole thing over again, even if it was just to prove a point.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  83. Mason

    I'm not too sure that the segregation of the school was a good idea. I believe that it was unfair. The neither the parents nor the students were told of it and that was just wrong. It is a great idea, don't get me wrong, I just don't think they approached it in the right manner. The idea was creative, but the principle should have given it more thought instead of just acting on a sort of impulse.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  84. Drew

    I think that this event is a good thing to do to show kids how it was to live back in a time where segregation was a common thing. I don’t think that this would go over well in our school because we don’t have many diverse people so I think that most of the school would get mad. I think this is an effective way to make people see how it feels but some people would get carried away with it. It also might cause racial rift because people would think that things work the way they are now and would get mad or upset if things changed.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  85. Charlotte

    Segregating the students was probably not the best idea. I also think that treating the white kids poorly and the blacks fair does not give them an idea of what it was like back then because thats not how things were and thats not how things are today. The experiment will probably do more harm then good because most kids will be irrational about the situation and take it to the extreme and feel attacked rather then trying to see the good in it. Some kids may also feel like they are being punished and doing the experiment will take away from their education because there is such a distraction.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  86. Nate

    I think this event may have worked out well if they had informed the student body about it first and let them take a vote on it. If someone did not want to participate then they should have been allowed to do something else in school that day. At my school this would probably not work because the black people here are very radical. People may take it personally, instead of viewing it as a learning experience. I think this would be an effective way to demonstrate what problems and feelings racism brings up if the student body had been told about it beforehand.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  87. Nate

    I don't believe this was a necessary exercise and it only served to stir the ethnic relations pot. It only makes the students more against each other.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  88. Kristin

    I don't think this experiment was a good idea to do because most people already have an idea on how black people were treated. Colored people today did not go through what colored people did before. And yes i do think its important for people to understand where they come from but you don't need an "experiment" like this one to show it. I can see how it can be effective so people can understand what went on during that time period. If something like this was done at our school i don't think it would be very effective because we have a mostly white student school. I dont think it would cause a racial rift though because racism isn't bad in our school, everyone pretty much gets along for the most part.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  89. Jasmin

    I think that the negative effects were exactly the reaction that should have resulted from an experiment like this. Of course a "racial rift" was caused from segregating students like this; it's only natural. But I think that's just the type of reaction that was needed to prove a point. It was supposed to make people, specifically students, aware of how unfair racism is. If students were unaffected by the segregation at their school, that means that they think racism is acceptable. Their uproar over the situation is just the type of lesson they needed to learn and experience.
    In my school, there aren't many colored students here, and the few that are, I feel, are welcomed. I don't believe we have many racial problems, if any. So if a type of a experiment like this were to happen at our school, I think it would cause more problems than those we already had.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  90. Madison

    I thought that this experiment was benifiencal, however i do think that they should have sent a letter home to the parents. That way if the children didn't want to take part in this activity they didn't have to. This activity in my school though...i would like to see it happen because i think that it might bring us together a little more, but also knowing some of the kids in my school it could turn out to be bad. I think it would be a fun and interesting experiment to be able to get a taste of how they lived, and how they felt.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  91. D'Ondra

    I feel it was a good exercise to actually show students what it wa slike back in the 20's. If this were to happen in my school it wouldn't really work because about only 5 percent of the students are "dark skin"

    February 28, 2008 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  92. Andrea

    What seems really illogical is that they were using racism to stop racism. By dividing up the students they are supposed to learn how to be one body of students, which seems a bit ridiculous. This activity would not work at my high school, the fight against racism would just cause more problems. Also I ifnd it totally wrong that the principal did not even warn the students or the parents about the activity, which probably caused more problems. By dividing the students they were just lowering themselves to the mistakes of the past, to get to a more peaceful commuinity all races need to join together to learn how to accept one another.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  93. Elizabeth

    I thought this event was a neat idea to let students experience how being segregated would’ve felt, and to emphasize why segregation is wrong no matter who is being segregated. I don’t think this would go over too well at my school, or any school at that matter. There are a lot of jerks at my school who wouldn’t care or understand why it was being done. Most high school students aren’t very mature. Some of them are and would take meaning out of the experiment, but generally I think they would react immaturely. I wouldn’t harbor a grudge or think the experiment was targeting me or anything, I think it would help for everyone to get a better understanding of how being segregated feels and maybe the next day they would appreciate not being segregated.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  94. Stacey

    This experiement would definitely cause a lot of controversy in my school. Since my school is located in the country, we have a lot of "rednecks" who seem to be pretty vocal about racism. Knowing this, I think it would not go over too well. Wearing the confederate flag was a huge issue last year. Some students say they wear it as just a symbol for the country scene, but others were blunt in saying that they wear it for rascist reasons. I'm not giving my opinion on the confederate flag issue, but I know that this experiement would only cause everyone to be more vocal about their opinions on this situation. Discussing racism is not a bad thing, but teenagers today usually say things while not caring what other people think.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  95. Crystal

    I think that the racial experiment that was done at Schlagle High School was a good way to show how segregation makes people feel. However, i do think that they should have informed the parents before the experiment took place. If this same experiment was domne in my school it would cause a racial rift. Causing way morde harm than good. People in my school take things way to seriously, and would cause a large uproar.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  96. Emily

    I thought the event was a good idea, but certain aspects of it didn't seem to work out. Students that called out rude comments to people of the opposite race in the hallways were taking the simulation way too far. Those students ruined a perfectly good experience for everyone else.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  97. Matt

    The segregation experiment sounds very interesting, but asking for public criticism and complaints. Personally I think it sounds like a great idea and gives students of all color an experience that gives them a feel of how things were in the past. The reversal of roles was also a good idea because it lets white students feel how it was to be someone of color in the past. The outrage that white students are feeling about this experiment is what this experiment should do. How do you think blacks felt about having less adequate facilities in the 1960's? Probably the same way those white students are feeling-outrage. Unfortunately the public and school district probably won't allow this again because of the complaints, but I think they should because those complaints are realistic to the complaints that African Americans had in the past. Being "politically correct" will stop this experiment, which is unfortunate because I believe this is very effective experiment as long as the students participate in a respectful and intelligent manner.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  98. Nubia

    Ithink it was a good idea but i thinlk people should have been informed first so that they would of been more open minded about it.im sure most learned from it, and got to see a different veiw of things, but those who didnt want to learn form it and didnt want any part of it are haters! I dont think it would work in my school because my school isn't really that diverse. i think it would only work in a school with an even amount of diversity.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  99. Dustin

    I have to say the intent of the school board and/or decision makers was good. I do however have to question the logic behind the act. I mean did they think about the feedback they’d get before segregating the students? Honestly, in the world today you can’t complete a sentence without a question being posed on a word that may or may not be “politically correct”. Now you try to segregate an entire high school and think everybody will be accepting … C’mon now. I think given a more mature group of people who are being subjected to the experiment, it could be a success. High school students however, have not exactly all grown to the level of maturity where they can handle situations such as this. A girl on the show even mentioned groups of children shouting things such as, “white power,” or, “black power.” Situations such as this will more than likely cause racial prejudice where it would likely have not been before. Honestly, I do see where the school administrators were going but I don’t think they have the authority to pull off something of this magnitude. I know somebody will likely post something saying that they obviously did have the authority to do it because it has been done but what I’m trying to say is who needs more controversy on a subject that has brought us to a civil war and still stirs up controversy today? Not me that’s for sure. That’s all I really have to say on the subject.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  100. Chris

    Ignorance is something that is mostly heard of in high schools. The thing about it is that it just isn’t African Americans. People are thinking that they have all the ignorance. Just because they may be the person who like to instigate fights, they are not the ones the like to cause it. The reason that most fights happen in high school is because people are changing words of something that they have said. What I just don’t like to hear, is that they are doing some study like that. Why would you test high school students into something like that?! What did these kids do to deserve this? The thing that I just don’t get it is, then why are we going it as something that we are doing in CELEBRATION of Black History Month? I am not someone who is racist, but what I hate to see is exploitation of that. Kids don’t have to be brought into this. All this is, is people that are much older than went thru it all, and they are still outraged for what had happened back then. So, they talk about showing the white people what they had to go thru. Taking it to the next step is something that is wrong. You don’t sit her and be like “Black Power” or start becoming racial. I would not like to see any other school does this. Why would you do that to kids that don’t have any part of it? This would be just demeaning to what Black History Month is. It is used for us to remember the greatest African Americans that were in the history of America. It is showing disrespect to MLK, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, etc etc etc. You have to show some respect. If you want to do the experiment, maybe tell the kids, and show them that it’s what they are going thru. If you have any problems with the experiment, then look who’s the racist one?

    February 28, 2008 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  101. No Name

    It wouldnt matter to me, because there is like 20 black people in our school. So it wouldn't really make a difference in my eyes. I do think some people at our school would get mad and leave though

    February 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  102. Forrest

    It is a good idea to show people how they felt, but it is a little to extreme. I think if they did this in moderation and not full out how it was back when it was segregated it would have been better.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  103. Amart

    Sure man. Except for the fact that our school is dominately white, and that the purpose would to teach us what blacks had to go through. Some may interpret as punishment and thinking that its intended for them, saying it there fault. You just have to be mature like jarius.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  104. kelly

    I do not think that it was a good idea to segregate the schools. I think the biggest factor in the failure of this experiment was that no one was properly notified. It sounded like the students just showed up to school and had no idea what was going on. Even with proper notification I don’t think this would have gone over well.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  105. Mary

    I think this idea is going too far. I don't think it helps anything either. The kids that got the worse treatment weren't responsible for the racism in the past. I just think it's a bad idea and I don't really get the point. I don't think it would have been possible to carry out in a better way because I think it's a horrible idea. It's very valid to teach students about the past and for them to understand. However, I don't think that forcing them to experience it is a good idea at all.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  106. Ryan

    I think that this experiment is a good lesson to many different people. It will show everybody from every race what the African Americans went through during that period of time. You can try to get as close as you can to reproducing that feeling of segregation but you will never be able to get that exact feeling. This will show some students what it felt like to be segregated.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  107. Jessica

    I think it was a good idea to show people how it felt to be mistreated and left out of things, but I don’t like how they carried it out. I think they should have notified the parents. I also think it seemed like they were promoting racism, by allowing them to yell racial things at each other. They should have monitored it and maybe they could have explained the purpose to the students better.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  108. Morgan

    I think that there was no need for this event, because there is no reason to bring it up. If you are gonna make the argument that it shows us what segregation was like, then you are excluding worse events that have happened to people in the past to other cultures. Though, it would give insight on what it was like a long time ago, there is no reason to re-enact it since everyone today is treated "equal".

    February 28, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  109. Seth

    Its a good idea, but you have to be careful about how you handle it. Alot of kids can ,and probably will,get offended. Something like that might not go down too well at our school.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  110. John

    I feel as though despite the positive intentions of the school in promoting awareness about the issue of racism, it is not the most effective means to achieve that end. If the point was to show what it is like to be discriminated against, those who are discriminated against in the exercise will most likely not respond well to the activity. The lesson however, is contingent upon the fact that those who are being discriminated against keep an open mind. That is a difficult thing to ask of students and I feel as though there are more educational and less controversial options.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  111. Aaron

    I think it is a bad idea. The times of segregation are past us. It does not make sense to bring it up again. What are the students going to learn? Segregation is bad? I think we all already have that concept down. I’m fine with students individually deciding to participate, but to suddenly say to everybody “okay, we’re having a day of segregated school where one race is going to get special attention” is not the smartest thing to do. This would be too hard to do at my school, and have really bad results.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  112. Jacob

    I believe that there are a few problems with the experiment, however the overall concept is great. The main point that is a problem is that we can not recreate the hate and prejudice that was shown before African Americans were given their rights. The animosity just isn't as strong. Also, since all people have these rights today, several if not the majority would be offended or felt disrespected for having theirs rights taken away. However, I think on the positive side, that it provides white people with an alternate picture to a life none of them have ever known. Also, it brings up the point of racism today and what part it plays in communities and society as a whole; in doing so it allows people to come together and talk openly about racism. The idea is to let those who haven't experienced racism on that kind of level experience it; hopefully making the feeling strong enough that they would not want to be racist towards anyone in general so as to direct all attention away from racism that still persists in society today.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  113. Neal

    I really don’t know if it was the best idea. Treating anyone that way is wrong and if it was for revenge then people are targeting people who had not even been born when it happened. To be honest this school system if not careful could be looking at a very large law suit that would be well deserved. I know this was a very hard time in our counties history but trying to reverse to order is being prejudice as well and that principle should be punished for not even letting the parents know.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  114. Hunter

    I think that the idea was a good concept but it wasn’t carried out well. For this to be a learning experience and not just racist itself they need to organize other days to switch the privileges so everyone can see what it was like from every perspective. They would also need to notify everyone clearly to avoid the confusion of seeming racist.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  115. Connie

    This “study” is a great idea for everyone in the world to try out. It’s a lesson to respect everyone even if their skin color is different from others. I would have to say that in order to go through with this concept, it should been handled differently. If people have a problem, they need to know that this concept can be used in different ways. For example, they should have the light skin people to have better privileges than dark skin people. And switch it around the next day.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  116. Summit

    we think that was a bad thing to do in fact its agaist school rules on student rights and segregation is illegal if you wanted to that they should of contacted the students parents and the administraters to confirm this act we hope the parents and the school board takes action on this as soon as possible!

    February 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  117. Brandon

    I don't agree with this experiment at all. Slavery is over and we can't change what already happened. Also no matter what we do there will always be hate in the world towards other races.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  118. ruby

    yo kid i think that stuff is bull. they shouldn't be separating the kids for any reason. it doesn't matter if its black history month its just straight up not right. well get at cha boy

    February 28, 2008 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  119. Jessica

    I really didn't see anything wring with this event. I feel that it was a good thing to do because it does teach the students something. It gives them a chance to know what it was like back in those days. In my school i think that we would have had the same events happening because everyone has their own opinion on it.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  120. Andrew

    I think this event was a bad idea. True they wanted to show teenagers how segregation was back then, but the idea of not informing parents was a bad move. Another bad move on their part was reversing the segregation, treating blacks with higher privileges than whites is not an effective way to teach segregation from the past. This type of act would not go over well at our school, we have a lot of rednecks who fly the rebel flag on their trucks. Something like that would probably spark some type of rebellion.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  121. j0sh

    I think that this way of showing what ever they are trying to prove here is a bad idea. They should have none that this would just cause conflict and racist comments. You know someone is going to take offense to something and there will be trouble. At my school there is no way that this would happen. Mostly my school is white and that would just make the colored mad and no just not good. They should have put more thought into this i think they should have contacted the parents and tell the town pritty much everyone that they are doing this.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  122. Kristen

    I think that racial segregation in schools, or anywhere really, is a bad idea. The thought behind the experiment is understandable because it would should the light skinned kids what it was like for dark skinned people back before the Civil Rights Movement but it was still wrong to do that when dark skinned people fought so hard for so long to remove segregation. Segregation is part of our history and it should stay there.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  123. Zach

    I think that the hole entire segregation thing was a good way and a bad way. Students and parents should have been warned before this hole thing happened that way, the ones whom did not wish to participate in this study didnt have to. This was a very clever idea to show the way that the different races were being treated back than. Overall, it was a good experiment

    February 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  124. Jake

    I think a lot more schools should do this. It lets us know what other races had to go through. Also we get to live through a day what others went threw. It shows us that we shouldn't take everything for granted and it also tells us to treat everyone the same even if your black,white,yellow pink, or red everyone is the same.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  125. Cody

    In all honesty, I think that the segregation project is a great idea. I think that it teaches teens today the importance and understanding of racism that is much needed in today's youth. A lot of teens today don't think much of segregation, but it is part of our history. I can understand that people would be upset about this kind of segregation, especially in this day and age, and that the role reversal would not be quite as welcome, because many people can't comprehend what is their history and are far too easily angered, but the truth is, it is history, it does need to be taught, and people can't simply deny it because it is uncomfortable.

    February 28, 2008 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  126. luis

    it can be very harmful
    because people have to think before they are going to say something that it's going to make people very angry or feel bad

    February 28, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  127. Mike

    I think it wasn't a smart idea of the principles to do something like that without informing the parents of the students. I don't think it was thought out real well and there should of been more thought put into it by the authorities of the school. I don't think it taught anybody a lesson, it just sent a few kids home that got offended and they missed a day of school because of it, instead of learning an education. If something like that happened at my school, i don't think it would matter too much, considering the fact that all the colored kids can all be put in one classroom, there ain't a whole lot of colored folk here at my school. If it would happened i would probably see a few people go home. I don't think it taught a lesson. For the kids that went home it just they got a day less of there education because some people thought it would be a lesson to them which i don't think it was.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  128. Zach

    This would not go over well at my school. we'd be fighting all day. just hearing about this made me pretty mad...

    February 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  129. Sera

    I think that it was a wonderful experiment. I don't think that it would work in my school. but I think that all of the white people who were whining need to shut up. The black- americans only get one month a year, and we take all of the rest. i think we can let them enjoy the shortest month of the year.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  130. Kyle

    I think this experiment was asinine. Seriously all that stuff happened in the past and there is no need to even try to replicate anything that happened. Most of that stuff was very hurtfull blacks and whites and they have to need to try and start that again. People need to think before they do this stuff.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  131. Muhammed

    I wouldnt work in my school we have like 2 black people

    February 28, 2008 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  132. Sheila

    Well I dont think this experiment would work in my school because we only have, like, 7 colored people and the rest are white. But I sort of agree with the girl who said that it was like the white people were being punished for what happened to the colored people a long time ago. I definetly think that it taught students to not discriminate, so, if that was the goal of the school, I'd say it was sucessful.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  133. Ben

    this is a great experience to the kids at this highschool because todays generation get to experience some history. Just switched up. I do thought they should have sent home letters to parents/guardians informing them what was going to occur. Overall it is a good experimental

    February 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  134. Cody

    I could not see this happening in our school. We are not a very segregated school. Everybody gets along. i do not think this should happen at any school for the reason that it could cause trouble. Many people could take it to far and actually start forming racial ideas. There are many consequences to this project that i do not believe the school board overlooked before aprroving the idea.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  135. Rachel

    I do not see the racial segregation project would work out very well at my high school. Our school is overwhelmingly white and with only a few highschoolers of race I don't see the idea having much effect. I believe that it would definetely be talked about but I don't see it being such a big deal. I do think that it was a good idea. Racism is a large part of our society and it needs to be addressed. The people who are objecting are being naive and close-minded. Life is controversial, deal with it.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  136. Jack

    In our school I don't think it would go over well. Even though we only have a small amount of African Americans. I'm sure that some whites would take it far and cause trouble. In the story that did the test and segregation I think they took it to far. This time was in the past and should stay there. This could cause just more trouble.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  137. cam

    this was a very uncoordinated approach. they did not call parents and they would most likely not consent to the idea. the blacks did not complain because they got special treatment. whites were offended and why would you try something that we learned already and hurt people again?

    February 28, 2008 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  138. Rebecca

    I feel this event at first would not have gone over to well. But after all of the fuss and commotion was over students would have learned a wonderful lesson. I feel this would help everyone to understand the circumstances. Although, my true feeling is that the past is the past and we should not always look back to determine how we act.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  139. Robert

    To find a school thats teaching its students to see what others go through is a good idea in a way but to those don't want to find out more about the spasted ti might not be.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  140. Chris

    I think that this is a stupid experiment. Just because the blacks had to deal with segregation in the past doesn't mean that it should be done to the whites now. Two wrongs do not make a right. We have all pretty much agreed that separating by race is wrong, so why would we do such a stupid thing to anyone now. Plus with all of the emotion is caused I'm sure teachers were not able to do any work that day which is depriving the kids of their education.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  141. Jenna

    I've heard of this activity before, and I definitely do think it's a good idea. I think it was especially effective because it wasn't prejudiced against blacks like many would expect; it flipped the scenario around and segregated whites. Although many white students at that school became upset and angry because they were being denied basic rights, it was necessary that they saw how blacks had been treated and the issues they are still dealing with. I absolutely would approve of this experiment to be tried at my school. I'm sure it would upset many people and cause a lot of conflict, but everyone needs to see that that is what racism causes. It's a huge problem and this activity helps people to see that.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  142. Devin

    Personally, I believe that racism is still a problem today, and segregation could be a good idea to teach students a lesson. However, there should have been a warning or some notice to parents and students. Instead of being taught a lesson, students seemed to think that they were being picked on and pointed out. If this demonstration was to occur in my school, I think students would react the same way. I believe that many people, especially teenagers, would feel like an outcast and would miss the whole concept and idea of the demonstration. If people were given notice about the segregation, than many, if not all, should be able to learn a very valuable lesson about our history and should hopefully be able to maintain a positive attitude and open mind about different cultures, religions, and races.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  143. Sierra

    I think that in todays schools something like this wouldn't be able to enter a school unannounced. Many kids our age are very discriminate and to see our school change they may have comments that people wouldn't like. It may be a good experiment but i feel that some students would take it the wrong way.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  144. Greg

    I think the segregation in the school was a good way to teach kids about prejudice and segregation like it was in the past, but I do believe it was not carried out effectively. I think the administration (or the group responsible for creating this educational simulation) should have informed everyone before it actually happened so that everyone was informed beforehand. I think this would have prevented any problems with people leaving the school or becoming upset by this situation. It would have been a very effective way to teach kids about our country's past, however several things should have been carried out in a different manner for this educational setting to be truly effective.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  145. Aurora

    I don't think this method was effective because I don't think the kids took the segregation very seriously. It clearly did more harm than good and caused more problems than it was worth.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  146. Rayna

    I think that the idea of this event would be very effective in informing kids what segregation was like. However, I think that a lot of people take offense to these types of things too easily. The parents/students should have been told about it in advance so that feelings wouldn't be hurt. Or, if anyone felt really strongly against the idea, they should have been allowed not to participate but do some other activity. I do think that it would have been very successful in teaching kids a lesson, but only if they acted maturely about it and took it seriously. Personally, I support doing this event but I know that there are too many close-minded people out there in order for it to be successful.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  147. Melissa

    I do not believe that the school should feel bad or be punished for the discrimination activity the did, because they were not trying to cause any harm but rather reinform their students about black history. This activity reminds me about a movie I watched in my 11th grade history class about the brown eyes and the blue eyes, which was done about 20 years ago. This lesson was taught to teach how discrimination is wrong and should not happen. I believe just like the movie I watched the purpose of this schools activity was to show how discrimination is wrong and not aloud.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  148. Steph

    I think that it was a good idea and people just took it too far. If this would happen in our school I'm sure students would react the same way. It is a good way to learn about segregation and the students just needed to be more mature about it and not take things so personal.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  149. PhilK

    I think this idea is completely ridiculous and if my school were to try it, I wouldn't be waiting for my mom to come and get me out, I'd be out the door in about 3 seconds. The idea just causes arguments between people that aren't necessary. And if groups of people want to be treated equal, separating is most definately the way to do it... NOT!!! I think whoever instituted and approved this idea is a fool and should be removed from their position

    February 28, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  150. Mari

    I think that, even though there might have been good intentions for this experiment, it was a bad idea. By segregating the 'dark' and 'light-skinned' students, the members of the committee only created animosity between the students. There are plenty of other less controversial ways to convey the message of Black History Month.

    I don't think this experiment would go over well in my school. There isn't much diversity to begin with, and segregating the students would only emphasize that point.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  151. Amber

    I think the experiment is a good idea – it allows everyone to understand all sides of segregation. The way it was handled in this case wasn't effective, and there should have been more preparation beforehand in order to eliminate upset students/parents. I understand how some might feel it does more harm than good, but if it would have been planned better it would have been entirely successful. A similar experiment wouldn't be effective at my school, since we have a lack of diversity in the student body.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  152. Kendall

    I don't think an experiment like this would go over well in my school. I think race is already a very sensitive subject, and this would just fuel the fire. I also don't think students would appreciate the meaning of the experiment, and it would make students angry. I think it was a good idea for the committee to try and make other students aware of black history month, but i don't know if this was the best way to do. I think there should be a less controversial way to make students aware of the situation.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  153. Jeret

    I think this segregation experiment was a bad idea. If this was done at my school it would probably go over pretty bad because we have many different kinds of people. This experiment caused a big stir for no reason. Segregation was a bad thing but I don't beleive that we should all continue to dwell on it.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  154. Ashley

    Although i think that the experiment helped students really see what it felt like to be segregated, I do not think that it was a good idea. Considering that parents weren't notified about the experiment students could've taken it a little too far, and more personally than expected. At my school it would've probably not have gone over too well. The contrast between black and white percentages are significantly different in my school. The white population basically makes up the larger part of my school and it would've created a lot of chaos between people.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  155. Chad

    I'm not sure where I stand on this issue. On the one hand this is a good demonstration to show students what it's like to be segregated, so they get an idea of how unfair it is. On the other hand it can bring up bad feelings and make people feel uncomfortable. Whether or not this demonstration is right or wrong, it got some appropriate attention and showed why segregation has to be prevented from ever happening again in the future.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  156. chuck

    I think it was a good idea but it probably would have went over a lot better if they would have told parents and students in advance. People freak out about too much stuff now a day to just spring that on them.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  157. Bonnie

    I thought that this was a very interesting way to express a point. It was marvelous how people were made to feel uncomfortable and some even expressed their feelings outwardly. At the very least, it gave them a chance to understand how it felt to be segregated and what the emotional toll was on a person. I believe, however, that it was ridiculous how people overreacted and were taken out of school by their parents. Their parents, who grew up in a world that was already desegregated but whose parents would have had to go through school and live their lives segregated, should have understood the lesson that was being taught and not reacted as they did. However, I know that this would not be a very good thing to try in my school because of how the people react here. I believe that this is a brilliant lesson, that the parents probably should have been informed, and that the children should take a very important lesson away from them today with this; No one likes to be treated differently from others and no one likes to be thought of as being less then any other person.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  158. Doug

    In todays world most segregation is a thing of the past and would'nt be a good idea to try in schools. Kids would not take it seriously and it would not accomplish anything. It would more than likely create a lot more controversy and outrage than anything. In my school it would not be a good idea:)

    February 28, 2008 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  159. Kyle

    I think the idea of the experiment was a good but not notifying the parents was wrong. The school should have notified the parents so they could have decided if they wanted their child to participate in it or not.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  160. Zach

    I believe that this experiment is totally wrong. Blacks were segregated back then and we (the people and government) fixed this problem once. There is no need to make a new problem and go through the same long grueling process as before. The government stands for equal rights to all. This experiment is going against the government's stand for equal rights for all. This school is creating a wrong. We've already had one in our past as a nation. Two wrongs don't make a right. With the experiment taking place and the segregation happening again it's seems as though through all our countries steps forward we've just moved back again. It's wrong to segregate, we have rules against it, and yet this Kansas high school is just to show how the blacks felt. This experiment might help if we were in the time period of segregation. These white kids didn't segregate the blacks so why force them to live in a society that shows them what segregation is just to prove a point? Segregation isn't even around anymore! This school is out of bounds and should not be doing this segregation experiment!

    February 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  161. Robert

    I think it was a bad idea. Segregation is over, and it should stay that way. Even if it was just a one day thing, we don’t need to bring that back into history. Everyone knows how it made people feel back then. Even if you aren’t black, you can still imagine how that would make someone feel without having to go through it for yourself.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:17 pm | Reply
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  162. Sean

    I personally do not believe that this study would work very well in my school. The caucasion population is many times larger than the african-american population. I think that this study may just make the parents outraged. I think that this can be effective in some schools where the two populations are about equal.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  163. Serge

    I think that this was a bad idea and won’t help anything. The principle should not have done this without asking the students of the school and seeing how they feel about it. School’s need to start listening to students and hearing what they have to say.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  164. Ryin

    I believe that more negative feelings would arise than positive ones. In the present, we don’t have racial segregation so I don’t see the point in bringing up past feelings. Would it change the way that people act? Possibly. A better to lesson to learn in school is how to forgive and forget.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  165. griffin

    I think it was good idea but not for the entire school. I believe that it would have been a better idea for a classroom and to segregate things in a classroom. Segregating an entire school seems like it would be a little chaotic.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  166. Paige

    I think that this was a smart idea, but it would'nt go over well at my school. There would be a lot of controversy concering the segregation. When you try to pull off things of that sort not everyone will participate as in they should. A lot fo people would be offended other than learn a lesson.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  167. Mareshah

    This is a good way to get students to understand the difficulties that people had to go through thirty and forty years ago. It is also a good way to get students to start being more respectful of other races. This could maybe have helped racism if it had been expanded to other schools rather than just one.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  168. Sara

    I think this was an excellent idea. Although parents should have been informed, it still was a great idea. I think that it shows the true heart of how some people still feel about segregation. If we can't even talk about it, then we show that our heart on the matter is ignoring the issue and pain. It doesn't teach hate if we realize that it was american history and not just black history. Segregation occurs on all levels and this experiment was trying to break down the barrier.
    I heard people say it was humiliating. Well–GOOD! Segregation WAS humiliating and still is. The whole point of the experiment was to give others that feeling so they could understand how it felt to be degraded.
    We often push this subject to the side, but this gives those kids a feeling to put with the faces and marches. It helps us to better understand the passion that the Civil Rights Leaders had as they fought for equality.
    So yes, it was uncomfortable and werid, but it got them talking and realizing that segregation was degrading and crushing to the human spirit.
    I am Homeschooled.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  169. tyler

    I think this was a bad idea. Just because racism took place back in the day doesn’t mean that you should bring it back as an experiment and turn the tables on completely innocent people. The people they are taking away the privileges from had nothing to do with segregation and racism.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  170. Ross

    I think this study was a good idea because it will teach many students a lesson. This lesson is and should be learned by many students in schools across the United States. People today do not know how the segregation issues and things that were faced in these times. This is a good idea in general.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  171. Dustin

    I honestly think that it was a good idea to draw up on paper but not to let anyone know about it was wrong. I think It would teach people a lesson about what people had to go through back when race was a big problem. If they would have let some of the kids know about it i dont think that so many people would not have got mad as easy,

    February 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  172. Diego

    I don’t think it would be a good idea to do that kind of study at my school. There are more light skins than dark skins. People would not appreciate it if you did that. At least I think some black kids will like it because they could have a little bit more advantages than the white kids.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  173. Taylor

    I think the principle didn’t fulfill his duty in telling the student’s parent or guardian that this day was coming up. The parents of the students should’ve known this was coming because some students would react in a different way about the day. Overall the experiment was a good at what they were trying to get across to the students and what they missed in history.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  174. Ashley

    This is a good idea. It helps people see why racism is wrong and why we don't have it any more. Many more schools should do this, but make sure to let the parents of the students know before they do it. If this happened at my school, i think it would change the way some kids at my school look at other people and feel about racism.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  175. Lindsay

    I think the “School Segregation Study” is a very good idea, but in most situations, it would not turn out so well. People are too sensitive and take things personally. This particular school was just trying to educate its students about black history, but it ended up backfiring. Race is a touchy subject for most people, especially those who are mixed or biracial. This school study will most likely cause a rift between different peoples or races because of the controversy and different opinions shared by others.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  176. Ashley

    I think that this is a really good idea cause now light skinned people can feel a little of darks used to feel when everything was going down hill till we had people that finally stood up and said no. but no matter what, lights will never know the pain that we had to go through

    February 28, 2008 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  177. Ashley

    Today, most students don't understand or appreciate what fellow Americans had to go through to get to what today is! So experiencing with this can give students a better understanding to what their grandparents and/or parents had to go through to give them what they have.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  178. AlexanderTheGreat

    I think that this is a good idea, but the students might have taken it a little bit too far, but it was a great idea to teach the students how it could have felt. But I don’t think the students realized that.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  179. Gaylord

    I don’t think this experiment was tasteful at all. Our generation is not responsible for things that have happened in the past. Yet it seems that everyday race is being thrown in our faces when it is not a big deal anymore. Preaching racial injustices alienates other people. The school is a place for academics, not social experiments that have the potential to totally rock the student population.

    February 28, 2008 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  180. Sue

    I'm a white teacher in the midwest. We have very few blacks in our school, but we do have students of other cultures. I think the school created an awesome learning experience for students–the real thing. Warning might have changed some experiences, but then it would have been less real. The point is–discrimination doesn't belong in our culture, whether it's for piercings, funky hair, odd or different dress or color of skin. I applaud the Principal for daring to try a new experience for all students and teachers. It no doubt felt uncomfortable for a day or more–but so does surgery done to make a person better. We can't "cut out" discrimination, nor can we ignore the fact that it still does exist. We need to keep trying to make all feel welcome in our schools. The conversation must continue after the experience.

    February 28, 2008 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  181. ke-ke

    I think that someone should have thought this through before going with this.
    many people are getting hurt from it. they should stop being childish and come together as a school and commuity.
    segragation should be stoped . and someone should help stop it.

    February 28, 2008 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  182. Lakeside=kk

    ME BEING African American should say that its good for cacaisin. But tats wrong. Every body should have the same respect.
    I truly dont think that this is a good experamint cause alot of people can get hurt. Just because cacaisin's treated us like that dose not maen we can turn arond and do this to them. To me every body needs to chill and be like a natural human being.

    February 28, 2008 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  183. Lakeside

    I truly dont think that this is a good experament. Everybody needs to act like natural human beings.
    Just because lights did that to us does not mean we can turn around and do it back. We are a
    community and country. We need to get out ther and make a difference. We are not slaves and slaves
    or slave owners any more. We need to stop acting like we are our ancestors and act like we are in the twenty-first centry.

    February 28, 2008 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  184. ke-ke

    I truly dont think that this is a good experament. Everybody needs to act like natural human beings.
    Just because lights did that to us does not mean we can turn around and do it back. We are a
    community and country. We need to get out ther and make a difference. We are not slaves and slaves
    or slave owners any more. We need to stop acting like we are our ancestors and act like we are in the twenty-first centry.

    February 28, 2008 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  185. hunter

    it was wrong for the school to do that, if it's black history month than they should be talking about african american history. thats why its called black history month not segregation history month. now if theres a black history month there should be a Indian history month and a chinese history month and a white history month and a punjab history month, there shouldn't be just one kind of race month. now that is segragating.

    February 28, 2008 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  186. Jesse

    I think that the experiment should have given white people a little experience in what the african american race went through for hundreds of years. Also i believe that maybe some of the people took it a little bit too far when they starting shouting.

    February 28, 2008 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  187. jessica

    i think that the expirament was a great idea, i dont think that people shoud be making such a big deal about how it wasnt right and shouldnt have been done but i personally like it. if i walked into school and saw that everything was segrigated i would be eager to participate!!!

    February 28, 2008 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  188. Christian

    I think that this experiment was a good idea. People need to realize what African-Americans went through and why we celebrate Black History Month. I agree that this is a segregational thing, but when it was actually happening it was a segregational thing. That is the purpose of the experiment, showing people what separation was like. This should be practiced in all schools including mines, but it really wouldn't make a difference because it seems as if my school is mostly segregated. I believe that all of the people who think this is wrong will end up seeing why this experiment was started in the first place.

    February 28, 2008 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  189. Alexis

    I think this is a great learning experience,but at the same time I feel as if the 'lights" are being blamed for the whole thing.It's not our fault that our ancestors believed in racism.In black history month your supposed to learn about the challenges and struggles of the black peoples.Not relive the whole thing. I think it's terrible that kids are being teased because they're a certain color.

    February 28, 2008 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  190. Claudia V.

    I think this segregation is a terrific idea! In my point of veiw, I would seriously take this project to the heart. People these days have it good. People should really appreciate that the principal had the guts to do that.

    February 28, 2008 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  191. Trey/Bradly

    A segregagation experiment in our school would probably start out fine with its intended message, but quickly turn sour as it did in the featured high school. The lesson teaches awareness of racism, but doesn't supress it, so the lesson may be lost. Also, students and parents should always be informed of these types of bold lessons; giving people the choice to be involved.

    February 28, 2008 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  192. Stephanie

    I think it's a good idea to show whites what black people had to go through back then, but they should of warned parent's about it, and instead of doing the school segregation thing, they should of done a school play about what happend back then, that way anyone who wanted to particapate could.

    February 28, 2008 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  193. Joshua

    in our school we have dark kids but we and evey body else treats them the sames way if our school did that it would probly make some people made

    February 28, 2008 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  194. Olivia

    I think that it can go both ways, because I can see the point of view that both sides had. The principal should have informed the parents on this experiment, and it should have been more organized. I understand the students are upset, because they feel that they were targeted when they weren't necessarily racists.

    February 28, 2008 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  195. Spencer

    They should forrget about the past and look towards the future.

    February 29, 2008 at 12:10 am | Reply
  196. Bill

    I think this was a good thing for the school. They did go kinda overboard though with the insults . Also, the principle could've at least sent home letters explaining this experiment.

    February 29, 2008 at 12:43 am | Reply
  197. Travis

    I think that the activity was a good idea but the students took it a little out of place. which means that some students get offended and the parents complaining and taking it out of proportion. you need to understand that the activity was done to make a point not to bring anyone down of get offended over. that was in our parents and grandparents generation so we really didnt know what happened so its good to get a feel of what it was like even if the tides are turned. i think it would be a great experience if the students dont take it too far.

    February 29, 2008 at 10:34 am | Reply
  198. Alexandra

    I think it was a pretty good idea, but it left some of the white people out. And if some black person was friends with a white person, than they wouldn't get to see their friend. But I still think it was a good idea to make sure the black people get a holiday too to remind them that they matter too.

    February 29, 2008 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  199. brianna

    i think that this was a good thing for teenagers to know what it was like for blacks but the "light" students might have been unconfertable and i definitly think that the princable should have sent a note to the parents.
    i dont think that that would go over well at my school.

    March 1, 2008 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  200. Hannah

    I think this is wrong. This is teaching people to hate. Its just stupid!!!

    March 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  201. mindi

    i think it was a little to much...and they should have told the parents...my teacher told us about an experiment like it but about eye color and it showed just how prejudice kids can get over something..we're all people...lets just leave it at that

    March 2, 2008 at 12:13 am | Reply
  202. K

    In my opinion, I think in some aspects it would work and in others it wouldn't, because some people may get offended by it or some may take it as being personal. It could show us what others had to go through back then, but there could be families' members that went through this and they may not be happy that they are presenting it in this way.

    March 3, 2008 at 10:01 am | Reply
  203. HOME BOY

    I think that it is ridiculous for students to not be able to hug each other. It is not a kiss and a simple small show of affection. The rule was unclear and it is ridiculous for the student to get detention without a warning. The idea to protest was cool and logical and the school board is wrong to limit hugs to just 2 seconds because it takes away some of students rights.Carl azuz is a baller and he should have been the one covering the hug story. He has the collest puns in the world, but they are so predictable. Limitations on hugs are restrictions by the man.

    March 5, 2008 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  204. Lector

    The problem with this experiment is that it assumes white students don't know what it feels like to be in a prejudicial environment, are we going to set up an experiment where boys have to stay home while girls go to school? Or are we going to recreate the holocaust, of all things? Different type of prejudice, but the same principle, I think they went way too far with this. As they say "Two wrongs don't make a right." How is segregating more students going to be constructive? Though on the surface, this seems like a good idea in the end it just boils down to an ill-thought out way to get even, even if the goal was to educate.

    March 5, 2008 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  205. Wyatt

    I think that it was a bad idea and that they should inform people the next time that they decide to do something like that

    March 5, 2008 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  206. JT

    I Belive that:
    1. Yes it is a good idea to learn first hand abotu racism!

    2. Yes I do belive that it would be a good idea to have it turn around just to c what it woulda been like from a diffrent perspective!

    3. But i also belive that it should not just be 1 sided i belive that it should be a 2 week program with alternating standards so that all students can get a better understanding of their peers and history!

    March 6, 2008 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  207. Pallavi

    I think this is a good thing because there are still some people who tell there kids whites aree better than blacks and I think this is a good way to reach those kids and make them understand how bad it is.

    March 9, 2008 at 3:11 am | Reply
  208. stephen

    I think it was wrong for them to do that

    March 24, 2008 at 10:16 am | Reply

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