World Peace And Other 4th Grade Achievements
Airs Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published May 11, 2012 at 3:21 p.m., updated November 6, 2012 at 11:02 a.m.
"World Peace And Other 4th Grade Achievements" interweaves the story of a remarkable educator and the extraordinary game he developed to demonstrate the complexities of peace and global conflict. Teacher John Hunter's World Peace Game is a hands-on political simulation exercise in which students tackle real-world military, economic and environmental issues.
The nine- and 10-year-olds divide into groups, including nation states, the World Bank, United Nations officials, indigenous peoples and even arms dealers. Then, they face daily challenges ranging from insurgencies and global warming to ethnic tensions and natural disasters.
Working together, while also balancing the interests of their own "nations," they attempt to achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention.
As fun and engaging as the game it profiles, "World Peace And Other 4th Grade Achievements," provides an inspirational look at the lasting impact of one wise and caring teacher on his students and, potentially, the world.