Tuesday 29 July 2014

John Hunter to Visit Presbyterian School

The Houston community is invited to a Parent Education event at Presbyterian School on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6 p.m. entitled Motivating Students to Think Globally.

John Hunter

The Parent Ed will feature award-winning gifted teacher and educational consultant, John Hunter and a film documentary, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements. 

The documentary weaves the story of Hunter with his students’ participation in The World Peace Game.  The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood school to citizens of the world. Hunter and the film have been screened at South x Southwest Festival; Bergen, Norway; Israel; Harvard; Georgetown; Aspen Ideas Festival; Google; the Pentagon, the United Nations, and continue to be written about widely.

This Parent Education event, co-sponsored by Presbyterian School, Annunciation Orthodox School and St. Mark’s Episcopal School, is open to parents, educators and all who are interested in motivating global thinkers for the 21st century. During the evening, attendees will premier the documentary and have the chance to interact with Hunter about his life, his work and his vision for education in the future.

A native Virginian and graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Hunter has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. During his university years, he studied comparative religions and philosophy throughout Japan, India, and China. While in India he became intrigued by the principles of non-violence and began to think of how more intentional teaching in the art of global strategic thinking might contribute to peace in the world.  For the next thirty years, Hunter conceived of, used, and perfected The World Peace Game in his classrooms as the primary vehicle for accomplishing just this vital task.

The World Peace Game is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. As “nation teams,” students will gain greater understanding of the critical impact of information and how it is used. With the growing global focus on increasingly complex social and political conditions, the game has gained new impetus. As Hunter succinctly explains, “The World Peace Game is about learning to live and work comfortably in the unknown.”

Hunter presented The World Peace Game in a TEDtalk in March 2011. Since then it has been view by over 569,000 people. In addition, his TEDtalk was selected by TED and the Huffington Post as the most influential idea of 2011. Time magazine also named Hunter as one of “12 Educators to Watch in 2012” for his innovative and impactful teaching approach.

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