2014 Books of the Year: Best Education Book

Best Education Book. World Peace and other 4th grade achievements by John Hunter.  Hunter is a teacher in the Mid-Atlantic region who developed the World Peace Game for use in his classroom.  It divides the class into four nations, each with its own prime minister, secretary of defense, and chief financial officer as well as resources, industries and budgets.  There are also roles as the UN, the World Bank, arms dealers, refugees, and Mother Nature.  At the beginning of each game, they are given fifty interconnected global crises such as global warming, tribal disputes, earthquakes and financial collapses.  To win the game, they must solve every crisis and make sure that each country increases its GNP.  The game teaches leadership, collaboration, negotiation, and deep thinking.  It got a lot of publicity when Chris Farina did a documentary film about it.  News organizations picked up on the story and Hunter eventually did a TED talk on it.

For all my previous “books of the year” lists, see my dedicated page for these titles.

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