John Hunter to Present "World Peace Game" Film and Talk at Inly
Time: 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Good for: For Parents
John Hunter has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. A musician, composer and filmmaker with a 30-year career as a teacher, Hunter has combined his teaching and artistic talents to develop unique educational programs. The World Peace Game, a hands-on political simulation board game he’s been using with students for over 30 years, is still considered a model of innovation. His new film, World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements, offers insights into conflict resolution and collective problem-solving gleaned from teaching fourth grade through high school students as they strive to resolve a sequence of many-layered, interconnected scenarios, from nuclear proliferation to tribal warfare, financial collapse to climate change.
Amazon.com’s summary of Hunter’s new book, World Peace Game, explains the game’s universal value: “Here he reveals the principles of successful collaboration that people of any age can apply anywhere. His students show us how to break through confusion, bounce back from failure, put our knowledge to use, and fulfill our potential. Hunter offers not only a forward-thinking report from the front lines of American education, but also a generous blueprint for a world that bends toward cooperation rather than conflict.”
Inly School and the CEF: Co-sponsors with common missions
Donna Milani Luther, Inly’s Head of School, has served as a designated leader and consultant for the Creative Education Foundation (CEF) since 1984. She and John Hunter both presented talks at the CEF’s annual Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) conference last summer. Based on the audience’s overwhelming enthusiasm for Hunter, Inly and the CEF decided to co-sponsor him for the Omran ♦ Nelson Speaker Series.
Luther says Hunter’s talk aligns perfectly with Inly School’s mission (“to inspire and nurture students to become global citizens...”) but is designed for all educators and parents of children of all ages. “John’s message is about the importance of hands-on education, the kind of creative teaching and learning that works best in schools, and what it’s going to take to lead students to be the kind of thinkers and global citizens we need for this century,” she says. “His game and his whole approach to education is ingenious.”
Stephen Brand, Director of CEF Programs, agrees: “John's focus on problem solving in the context of global conflict and cooperation fits perfectly with our mission: To engage and develop the next generation of creative thinkers and innovators. We work with educators and students so they can develop a range of creative problem-solving approaches — skills to allow educators to be more creative in their classrooms and students to be more effective in the ever-changing world they will inherit.”
“The World Peace Game is creative problem-solving, in action, at its finest,” says Katherine O. (Kitty) Heusner, Ph.D., Chair of the Board of Trustees at CEF. “It is an honor for CEF to partner with Inly School to share the wisdom and experience of John Hunter with educators and parents.” She also stresses that his message is applicable to all kinds of K–12 schools: public, private, charter and magnet.
About the Creative Education Foundation
The Creative Education Foundation (CEF) is a non-profit membership organization of leaders in the field of creativity theory and practice. For more than 50 years, CEF has been teaching adults and children in organizations, schools and communities how to use this proven process to develop new ideas, solve problems and implement solutions. To learn more visit www.creativeeducationfoundation.org
About Inly School
Inly is an independent PreK–8 Montessori school with Toddler, Preschool, Full-Day Kindergarten and Elementary through Middle School programs. Inly combines Montessori curriculum and philosophy with other proven best practices to inspire students to become self-motivated, independent, lifelong learners. Its 10-acre campus includes the Outdoor Classroom for experiential learning and the Artsbarn for performing arts, assemblies and indoor sports. For more information, visit www.inlyschool.org.