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John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game

It is a great idea to engage children in the process of learning and life. The World Peace Game provides an opportunit­y for kids to practice critical thinking, feeling and decision making.

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John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board -- and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches -- spontaneous, and always surprising -- go further than classroom lectures can.


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What a great piece of inspiration, Ozlem! Thanks for posting and sharing. It is so interesting what kind of fresh perspective children can bring to a situation. What a wonderful way to get 4th graders (= 7/8 year olds) to think critically about solutions to problems and crises. Thanks again for the share! John Hunter is great!

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Thanks for posting. Such a great TED talk for this challenge. Fabulous from beginning to end, but skip to minute 7:14 for the description of the World Peace Games where 4th graders solve over 50 interlocking world problems and crisis. “If Al Gore is here, I’ll just send my 4th graders over to see him. They solved Global Warming in a week!”

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Oh, this is indeed a great inspiration. It's amazing to see how this teacher gives his pupils the trust to solve issues. He really is a Creative Confidence Enabler!

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Love John Hunter. The ideal creative confidant!