“A Better World…If Women Ruled” Lesson Plan is the outgrowth of a keynote address, by Dr. James E. Shaw, delivered to the 2013 graduating classes of the California Southern University, a United States institution of higher learning with students in 84 countries. “A Better World…If Women Ruled” focuses on historical facts about outstanding, industrious, productive and well-educated women engaged in and responsible for problem-solving, peace-negotiation, economic prosperity, and the psychological and emotional well-being of the nations they served.
Students will respond (a) via discussion; and (b) in writing and react to the historical facts that support this Lesson Plan. Essentially, students will be inspired and encouraged by the teacher's simple advisory (paraphrased or quoted literally): “This Lesson Plan is factual, not fictional, and is meant to share with you the evidence that emerges from those facts; it is that evidence that is the basis of truth. And that is true in anything, no matter what you’re observing or analyzing. If evidence suggests and supports truth, then follow that truth. Why would you not?”
As will the teacher queries, the following dozen questions will enhance knowledge and inspire understanding:
1) Do the students like what they’ve read? Why or why not?
2) How do they feel about reading this information…overwhelmed, confused, disbelieving, energized and inspired?
3) Are there conflicts or disagreements among your male and female students? What seems to be the basis for these (Jealousy? Shame? Indifference? Cynicism? Plain ignorance?)
4) Ask or tell your students to analyze their own assumptions and the “filters” through which they acquired their knowledge and information about women and shaped their opinions accordingly.
5) Students will answer whether history is a relevant and accurate context for women? Why or why not? (Question #s 6 - 12 appear in the Lesson Plan.)