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The Resource World peace and other 4th-grade achievements, John Hunter

World peace and other 4th-grade achievements, John Hunter

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World peace and other 4th-grade achievements
Title
World peace and other 4th-grade achievements
Statement of responsibility
John Hunter
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World peace and other fourth grade achievements
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Language
eng
Summary
"Award-winning teacher and high-profile public speaker John Hunter offers insights into conflict resolution and collective problem-solving gleaned from his many years teaching kids through the "World Peace Game," an innovative global systems simulation he created"--
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  • The World Peace Game devised by fourth-grade teacher Hunter has spread from a classroom in 1978 to a documentary, a TEDTalk, the Pentagon, and now finally a book, in which he describes the ways his students have solved political and ecological crises that still loom large in the world of adults. The World Peace Game presents a microcosm of the larger world: four nations, each with its own wealth, ethnic, and natural resource profile; a “religious island tribe” and a “nomadic desert clan”; a United Nations and World Bank; and a “weather god or goddess” who oversees matters of chance. To these, Hunter adds a web of interconnected crises, all of which must be solved—and all nations increased in net worth—to declare the game won. Those hoping to observe an entire game play-by-play will be disappointed; instead, Hunter provides anecdotes from a variety of sessions to illustrate his larger points, most importantly the “empty space” he wants to create for student reflections. Though Hunter has a tendency to repeat himself, some stories are moving: a boy whose slow speech and shyness finally blooms into epiphany; five students sacrifice themselves to take down a tyrant. Ultimately, Hunter’s optimism is infectious. Agent: Cynthia Cannell, Cynthia Cannell Literary. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed January 7, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 01, p)
  • A veteran educator's uplifting account of how he introduced schoolchildren to global problems through a visionary game that charged them with saving the world. In 1978, Hunter decided that he wanted to teach his inner-city students about global issues in such a way that "they could experience the feeling of learning through their bodies." So he developed the "World Peace Game" and used a three-dimensional structure to represent the entire planet "in four layers: undersea, ground and sea, airspace, and outer space." Hunter plunged children into a complex matrix of problems and forced them to face such crises as nuclear proliferation; ethnic, religious and political tensions; and climate change and environmental disasters. His goals were twofold: He wanted to get his students to learn how to think in meaningful ways about difficult issues, and he hoped they could overcome petty hostilities and ego and organize themselves into a larger collective. Every class discovered a unique way to save the world, and no game ever ended without at least a few students walking away more aware of their own hidden strengths and weaknesses. Hunter also examines what the World Peace Game taught him. Creative entities, such as the collectives his students forged, moved through identifiable stages, some of which he admits have caused him profound anxiety. But as a teacher, he learned that his duty was to work in harmony with the group rather than seek to control either the participants or their responses, knowing that, "like adults in the real world, they might fail." Inspired, breath-of-fresh-air reading, especially for those who have ever questioned what the public school system can do for American children.(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2013)
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10173864
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1954-
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Hunter, John
Dewey number
303.6/9071
Index
no index present
LC call number
JZ5534
LC item number
.H87 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Peace
  • EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Educators
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
  • EDUCATION / Experimental Methods
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World peace and other 4th-grade achievements, John Hunter
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"An Eamon Dolan book."
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The power of an empty space -- John comes home -- Pablo sees it all -- Brennan saves the world -- David learns the dangers of victory -- Standing up to the tyrant -- The arms dealers choose right over might -- Gary and the ecological disaster -- Epilogue: The World Peace Game goes to the Pentagon -- Appendix: The World Peace Game and "Teaching to the test."
Control code
917196
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9780547905594
Lccn
2012039122
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(Sirsi) i9780547905594
Label
World peace and other 4th-grade achievements, John Hunter
Publication
Note
"An Eamon Dolan book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The power of an empty space -- John comes home -- Pablo sees it all -- Brennan saves the world -- David learns the dangers of victory -- Standing up to the tyrant -- The arms dealers choose right over might -- Gary and the ecological disaster -- Epilogue: The World Peace Game goes to the Pentagon -- Appendix: The World Peace Game and "Teaching to the test."
Control code
917196
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9780547905594
Lccn
2012039122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780547905594

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