Pioneering teacher steers fourth-graders to solve world's problems
Imagine if we could solve all the world’s problems in a few weeks—global warming, famine, diseases, ethnic tensions—all resolved. Sounds impossible, right? Well, apparently it’s not -- at least, not for John Hunter’s students.
Over 30 years ago, the Virginia-based teacher created the World Peace Game. To play, students take on the role of world leaders and are charged with solving 50 interlocking problems. Students win if they fix all 50 crises and every country's asset value increases.
Hunter has written a book and given a Ted Talk about The World Peace Game. He and his students were also featured in the 2010 documentary World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements. Hunter spoke on Wednesday for the Residential College of Arts and Humanities Wednesday Night Live Series.