Students Nash Davis (left) and Cody Smith plan their next move in teacher John Hunter’s World Peace Game. Photo (c) Will May.
It all started in 1978, when Richmond Community High School teacher John Hunter created a game to teach his students about the diplomatic, environmental and social challenges faced by government leaders around the world and how the students could use their communication skills, resources, talents, and even the military to handle these issues through nonviolent means.
The original World Peace Game was played on a 4'x5' plywood board. It has now evolved into a 4x4x4 plexiglass structure that helps kids interact with each other and the issues of the world today. In playing the game, kids face real issues and disasters such as ethnic and minority tensions, environmental disasters, famine, global warming, oil spills, nuclear proliferation and endangered species.
"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."
Talk about thinking outside the box! I love this "game" and the idea that it is helping kids learn the meaningful skills they need to really solve the problems of the world — one player at a time.
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