In 1967, at a high school in Palo Alto, CA, history teacher Ron Jones decided to initiate a classroom experiment to teach his students about fascism and how the Germans, most of them good, upstanding people, could have been complicit in the atrocities of the Nazi regime. He created a fictional movement called The Third Wave, which the students took so seriously that by the fourth day it had expanded to 200 members and included strict rules, special slogans and salute. As it was getting out of Jones’ control, he shut it down. The experiment inspired the film and book THE WAVE and the film DIE WELLE. More recently, one of the students involved created a documentary, LESSON PLAN, about the experiment, telling its story through the recollections of students and from Jones himself, who has rarely spoken about what happened. I’m looking forward to seeing this. Check out the trailer below.
January 25, 2012