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In 1978, John Hunter was a young teacher looking to make social studies relevant to inner-city kids. What he came up with: a four-by-four piece of plywood on which students attempted to solve the problems of Africa. Over time, this board became multidimensional, growing to encompass nations, prime ministers, the U.N. and the World Bank. The goal is to solve geo-political problems with the least amount of military intervention. And for Hunter, it’s come to represent a philosophy of education. John Hunter joins Diane to talk about “The World Peace Game” and three decades of teaching.
Excerpted from WORLD PEACE AND OTHER 4th-GRADE ACHIEVEMENTS by John Hunter. Copyright © 2013 by John Hunter. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.