Of contemporary sources, the experiment is only mentioned in the Cubberley High School student newspaper, The Cubberley Catamount. It is only briefly mentioned in two issues,   and one more issue of the paper has a longer article about this experiment at its conclusion. The first day's session was closed with only a few rules, intending to be a one-day experiment. Students had to be sitting at attention before the second bell, had to stand up to ask or answer questions and had to do it in three words or fewer, and were required to preface each remark with "Mr.
Fri, Mar 17,6: Courtesy of Philip Neel and "Lesson Plan. The Third Wave began as an experiment in the classroom of first-year history teacher Ron Jones to simulate fascism in World War II and demonstrate to skeptical students how the Nazi Party rose to power.
But it went well beyond grades pretty quickly, and at the end, I was scared to death. He taught them to salute each other with a curved hand similar to the salute used during the Nazi regime. He used students as secret police and held public trials to banish "resistors" to the library with a reduced grade, according to an account by student reporter Bill Klink that appeared in the school newspaper, "The Catamount," on April 21, At the time, no one realized the experiment would become a significant catalyst for much broader discussions about bullying, history, peer pressure, fascism and psychology or inspire multiple stage productions, a musical, movies and books.
In more than 32 countries, study of the Third Wave has become part of the classroom curriculum, including in Israel and Germany, where the story is a high school reading requirement. But back inthe classroom experiment drew little attention. Life went on with no one publicly talking about the experiment for an entire decade until Jones unexpectedly bumped into a former student on a street in Berkeley who immediately gave him the secret salute.
That brief encounter inspired Jones to write a short article in a local magazine about his Third Wave experience, which captured the attention of Hollywood and beyond. The film "The Wave" and subsequent book of the same name are based on his article.
Hancock, too, eventually decided to speak out about those five days during his sophomore year that had gnawed at him for more than 40 years. At the same time, former classmate and Hollywood film editor Philip Neel "Twin Peaks," "Boston Common" said he had decided to begin tracking down classmates to get their take on the experiment after discovering that his two daughters were learning about the Third Wave in their southern California school.
The duo ultimately teamed up and produced the award-winning documentary "Lesson Plan," which weaves together personal accounts from schoolmates, Jones, parents and former Principal Scott Thomson.
On March 22, the Palo Alto History Museum will show the film for the first time in Palo Alto during a special event at the school site where it all happened now Cubberley Community Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Third Wave experiment.
Hancock, Neel and Jones will be on hand to answer questions. We were all blindsided by how everything unfolded at the time," said Neel over the telephone from his southern California home.
At the time, Cubberley was a freewheeling school that prided itself on being experimental, and Jones, who liked to bring in guest speakers and conduct unorthodox lessons, quickly became a favorite teacher on campus, Hancock recalled.
They were so good that if a particular speaker came to campus, other kids in other classes would sneak out and watch our class," Hancock said. I will be the dictator, and you will be the movement," Hancock recalled. The following Monday, Jones ordered the students to address him as Mr.
Jones, instead of Ron. He lectured them on the benefits of discipline and ordered them to practice the proper way to sit and stand at perfect attention through repeated drills. I thought it would be a stepping stone into what it was like to be in a totalitarian state if they followed the directions of a teacher in a marshal-like way.
He thought, "Oh my gosh, what is this about? In class that day, he created the secret salute and gave the group the name, "The Third Wave" -- surfer lingo used to describe the last and strongest wave in a series of swells.
With everyone sitting at attention I slowly raised my arm and with a cupped hand I saluted," Jones recalled in his article, "The Third Wave, They were something special.
Without command the entire group of students returned the salute. Not a single student elected to leave the room, he said.PCPA Theaterfest is proud to present our Outreach Tour performance of The Wave adapted from Ron Jones’s essay by Leo Cortez. We hope that our visit will be followed by many more.
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