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Great and Terrible Leaders: Short Version
Kirsten Bowman JD
By studying global historical leaders throughout time, this class aims to engage students to think about what leadership means and what traits or characteristics are needed to truly be a great leader.
What makes a good or bad leader? This course will be a mix of geography, law and government, culture and history. We will be looking at all these areas through the focused lens of leadership, with issues of social justice being discussed throughout. There will be some readings to do before each class (not very long), we will have discussions and debates during class as well as learning some new content through games, video clips and brainstorming. There will also be the opportunity to...
This course was a brain child of mine when teaching social studies for my children's homeschool co-op. I devised the course and over the year, the children in the course amazed me. They rose to the occasion, excited to come to class and participate. I saw that when they had the chance to engage and think, when their opinion WAS the right answer, they were engaged, informed and extremely analytical. It was my favorite year of homeschool teaching. I want to offer this same opportunity to others and think Outschool is the perfect format to do that in.
1 file available upon enrollmentThe teacher will provide readings a week ahead of time for the students to read and become familiar with. There will be film clips and other multi media presentations to either watch ahead of time or sometimes during the class time.
I was worried when I first taught this course that it might have concepts in it that were too much for some of the younger participants (the youngest was 8). But, I found that the children were easily able to grasp these concepts and apply them. The approach in this class is not to put judgment statements on any leader, government or economic system etc. from the teacher. The students themselves will be reading objective passages. At times, they may read excerpts that recount the leader from different perspectives (for example, we will read excerpts and recollections of President Lincoln from both his supporters in the North and from the Native Americans who were required to leave their homeland. We might look at FDR from the perspective of those Americans who benefitted from the New Deal as well as those Americans who were interned in Japanese internment camps during the war). It is important, for this class to work effectively, that the teacher not place value statements on the leaders but allow the class to discuss and find the good and bad in each leader, to apply the social and culture context to the leader etc, and allow the students themselves to find their own conclusions. However, it is important to note that concepts such as the Freedom Riders and lunch counter sit-ins will be presented. As well, the facts surrounding WWII and the Holocaust will be presented. If these are concepts which you think will be too much for your child, this class might not be a good fit.
Meet the teacher
I am a human rights lawyer by profession and a university professor and mom by passion. I have my JD with a specialization in international law and completed my PhD in international law in 2023. I have travelled the world working for the UN as a...
$60for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
4-12 learners per class
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