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World Peace And Other 4th-Grade Achievements

World Peace And Other 4th-Grade Achievements

by John Hunter
World Peace And Other 4th-Grade Achievements

World Peace And Other 4th-Grade Achievements

by John Hunter


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“At a time when school systems have completely lost focus on what really matters, John Hunter reminds us what we should be teaching our children. His ideas will help anyone who has the courage to understand that a real education must go beyond filling in circles on a standardized test form.” — Rafe Esquith, author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire

Can playing a game lead to world peace? If it’s John Hunter’s World Peace Game, it just might. In Hunter’s classroom, students take on the roles of presidents, tribal leaders, diplomats, and military commanders. Through battles and negotiations, standoffs and summits, they strive to resolve a sequence of many-layered, interconnected scenarios, from nuclear proliferation to tribal warfare.

Now, Hunter shares inspiring stories from over thirty years of teaching the World Peace Game, revealing the principles of successful collaboration that people of any age can apply. He offers not only a forward-thinking report from the frontlines of American education, but also a generous blueprint for a world that bends toward cooperation rather than conflict. In this deeply hopeful book, a visionary educator shows us what the future of education can be.

“Inspired, breath-of-fresh-air reading.” — Kirkus Reviews

“With numerous reflections on the game’s impact on certain students and a resounding final chapter highlighting his class’s 2012 visit to the Pentagon, Hunter proves the value of ‘slow teaching’ in this important, fascinating, highly readable resource for educators and parents alike.” — Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544290037
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

A native Virginian and graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, JOHN HUNTER is an award-winning teacher and educational consultant. Hunter led his first sessions of the World Peace Game at Richmond Community High School in 1978. Since then, he has taught the game successfully in a variety of settings, from public schools in Virginia and Maryland to a session with Norwegian students sponsored by the European Youth Initiative. He has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Google’s Palo Alto campus, the Pentagon, the United Nations, and elsewhere. His March 2011 TED talk was greeted with a standing ovation, and Arianna Huffington and Chris Anderson named it the No. 1 talk of TED 2011.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Power of an Empty Space 1

1 John Comes Home 31

2 Pablo Sees It All 52

3 Brennan Saves the World 87

4 David Learns the Dangers of Victory 112

5 Standing Up To the Tyrant 138

6 The Arms Dealers Choose Right over Might 161

7 Gary and the Ecological Disaster 188

Epilogue: The World Peace Game Goes to the Pentagon 221

Appendix: The World Peace Game and "Teaching to the Test" 249

Acknowledgments 253

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