Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Wednesday Interview: World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements with John Hunter

Previous guest John Hunter joins me Wednesday, May 8th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation now that his book is out: World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements.

John, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, created an eight-week student-participation exercise called the World Peace Game. In his own classroom, the game triggered a transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world. John's TEDTalk on the World Peace Game was named the #1 most impactful TEDTalk of 2011 by TED and The Huffington Post, and the film of the same name that was broadcast on public television was the subject of our previous interview.
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
"In John Hunter’s classroom, students fearlessly tackle global problems and discover surprising solutions by playing his groundbreaking World Peace Game. These kids—from high school all the way down to fourth grade, in schools both well funded and underresourced—take on the roles of politicians, tribal leaders, diplomats, bankers, and military commanders. Through battles and negotiations, standoffs and summits, they strive to resolve dozens of complex, seemingly intractable real-world challenges, from nuclear proliferation to tribal warfare, financial collapse to climate change.

"In World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, Hunter shares the wisdom he’s gleaned from over thirty years teaching the World Peace Game. Here he reveals the principles of successful collaboration that people of any age can apply anywhere. His students show us how to break through confusion, bounce back from failure, put our knowledge to use, and fulfill our potential. Hunter offers not only a forward-thinking report from the front lines 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 can be." (From the publisher's description.)

Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2013-05-08.1647.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and an audio mp3 is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/johnhunter.mp3.
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and to continue the conversation is at https://mightybell.com/spaces/49639.

Photo of John Hunter courtesy of Theresa White.
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