Tue, Sep 08|
World Peace & Other 4th Grade Achievements
Our Radical Pedagogy series begins with a timely reminder that the future is truly at stake as we educate our children. This inspiring documentary reveals how a wise, loving teacher can unleash students’ full potential. Screening now in our Virtual Theatre! Online filmmaker Q&A on September, 30th.
Time & Location
Sep 08, 2020, 12:00 AM – Oct 07, 2020, 11:59 PM
About the Event
Tickets ar $1O. for 48 hours of access. Watch directly from our website: https://www.epsilonspires.org/world-peace
Proceeds support Rosalia Films.
Join us September 30th, 1pm (EDT) for a Zoom discussion with educator John Hunter and filmmaker Chris Farina.
World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements (2010).
An award-winning documentary from director Chris Farina and Rosalia Films, that interweaves the story of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his students’ participation in an exercise called the World Peace Game: An eight-week immersive learning experience that transforms the children from public school students into empowered citizens of the world.
The film traces how Hunter’s unique teaching career emerges from his own diverse background. An African-American educated in the segregated schools of rural Virginia, where his mother was his 4th grade teacher, he was selected by his community to be one of seven students to integrate a previously all-white middle school. After graduation, he traveled extensively to China, Japan, and India, and his exposure to the Gandhian principles of nonviolence led him to ask what he could do as a teacher to work toward a more peaceful world.
Hunter teaches the concept of peace not as a utopian dream but as an attainable goal to strive for, and he provides his students with the tools for this effort. The children learn to collaborate and communicate with each other as they work to resolve the Game’s conflicts. They learn how to compromise while accommodating different perspectives and interests. Most importantly, the students discover that they share a deep and abiding interest in taking care of each other.
John Hunter's Ted Talk on teaching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_UTgoPUTLQ