Now Showing in Our Virtual Theatre:
World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievments
What can 4th graders do? John Hunter, an elementary school teacher in Virginia, believes they can solve world peace. He believes they are capable of much more than we usually ask of them. For over thirty years, Hunter has been teaching students peacemaking skills through a remarkable exercise he has created called The World Peace Game.
This award-winning documentary from Rosalia Films shows what is possible when we adopt a new vision of the learner and their needs, and when educators continue to grow, learn, and challenge themselves.
Online discussion with John Hunter and filmmaker Chris Farina:
Wednesday, September 30th, 1pm (EDT).
World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements (2010). 57 minutes.
Tickets are $10. for 48 hours of viewing access. Proceeds support the Filmmaker.
The World Peace Game is a multi-dimensional strategic board game that requires participants to solve global economic, geo-political, environmental, and other challenging world issues. The participants must decide for themselves how to approach, and respond to each situation, whether through negotiation, the threat or use of force, or acquiescence. Hunter uses reality-based geopolitical problems to teach his students critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, coordination, communication, research, negotiation skills, and the skill of synthesis, to name a few. Because the ever changing, interconnected world in which we live demands it, Hunter intentionally presents his students with complexity and ambiguity in order to challenge them to think their way through unclear, layered issues and dilemmas.
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.