Please join Presbyterian School, Annunciation Orthodox School, and St. Mark’s Episcopal School as we welcome world-renowned educator John Hunter to the Presbyterian School campus at 6:30 p.m. on October 9, 2012 for an evening of conversation about the future of education during the most interesting times in recent memory.
Motivating Students to Think Globally
October 9, 2012
Presbyterian School Grand Hall
John Hunter is an internationally recognized teacher who has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. During his university years, John studied comparative religions and philosophy throughout Japan, India, and China. While in India he became intrigued by the principles of non-violence and began to think of how more intentional teaching in the art of global strategic thinking might contribute to peace in the world. For the next thirty years, John conceived of, used, and perfected the World Peace Game in his classrooms as the primary vehicle for accomplishing just this vital task.
John’s work has been recognized worldwide thanks to his enormously popular TEDTalk and because of the critically acclaimed educational documentary, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements that chronicles his work. During our evening together at Presbyterian School, we will premier this documentary and have the chance to interact with John about his life, his work, and his vision for education in the future.
The students we teach today will live their lives in a future that is unpredictable and that will require thinking that is integrated, creative, and multi-dimensional—just like the sort of thinking required in John Hunter’s World Peace Game. Most educators will agree that facilitating this sort of thinking throughout our schools is no easy task. The analogy that Thomas Edison didn’t set out to make a better candle; he set out to harness the power of an entirely new and more powerful source of light altogether is a powerful one for the schools of today. We need a different model, and we need unorthodox approaches.
In short, we need to follow the example of educators like John Hunter.
In today’s rapidly changing world, our students can no longer exclusively be passive recipients of facts and figures that they dutifully memorize and quickly forget. In a world where our knowledge base is exploding, our challenge as educators is to prepare our students to grapple with big ideas, to ask and answer essential questions, and to solve problems that currently do not exist. Simply put, we must teach our students to think!
Join us on October 9 for a provocative and enlightening evening in which we learn how one veteran teacher has been doing just this for over thirty years. We look forward to seeing you here.