When fourth-grade teacher John Hunter created the World Peace Game 34 years ago, his goal was to evoke in his students an interest in learning by appealing to their passions. From his mission, bloomed a now-famous game that thoroughly engages children to resolve conflicts through thinking critically, creatively, and collaboratively. Hunter revealed this and more when he visited Nueva in October where he spoke to our faculty and staff, then later to a crowd of parents gathered for a Common Ground presentation.
"Students leave seeing they can handle anything," John said regarding the myriad lessons his pupils take from the 8-week game.
John sets up the game to ensure children will face extreme obstacles and challenges that "they have to think their way out of."
"I want [the game] to be so thrilling that they don't want to do without it, but so challenging that they almost can't do it...that kind of tension is where learning occurs," he said in a video he showed during his talk.