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Posted by: Roxann Stafford on 7/5/2011

Like many of you, I'm a big fan of TED. As part of my research for my series on creativity and education, I came across musician and teacher John Hunter and the World Peace Game. In 1978 Hunter created a lesson for students on Africa using a 4’x5’ plywood board, because he observed that they “learn through their bodies.” It has now evolved into a 4’x4’x4’ plexiglass multi-level world, including undersea and outer space sky levels. There are 4 countries that have a unique economic, military, environmental, social and political background. Each country has a prime minister and cabinet. The 4th graders are presented with a 13 page crisis document that has 50 interlocking problems that the groups have to solve before the game is done.

The World Peace Game is a great example of where critical and creative thinking complement each other. Problem-solving at its best is both of these things.

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