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Educational consultant and teacher John Hunter led his first World Peace Game in 1978. He writes about what he's learned about cooperation and teaching in his new book, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements.
Wow. I really wish I had this kind of classroom education when I was in 4th grade (or any grade). I just had to memorize fact after fact with no real world application. Maybe that is why as an adult, I have a hard time understanding the politics of our world conflicts. This is great stuff.
Actually, I believe "violent" video games actually DECREASES the impetus to act out violently in real life. I totally reject the notion that violent video games make children more prone to violence. If anything, they are relatively harmless outlets.
What percentage of the class is devoted to the game? Is it integrated with all the various skill sets that you are teaching? Or is it used for "social studies" only? Seems like it cuts across many areas of study.
How can I bring this kind of teaching and learning experience to my community's schools?
Wow my hat goes off to his brilliance. This "game" should be played in more grades more often. This creates a greater impact than reading a bunch of history stories that seem to exist in some far away dimension.
Brilliant!. this is true education, fostering imaginative and critical thinking, sooooo far from the mind-numbing teaching-to-the test curriculum forced on our teachers and students. This is the Top to be "raced to"
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