World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements

Oslo is a great city. Very clean & quiet, with kind people.

I think my host, Alex, is taking me to the Nobel Museum today. I am hoping to be able to pick up one or two Nobel Prizes in the gift shop for Jocelyne and Lili.

Alex’s roommate was speaking to us last night about a documentary called World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements, which follows a teacher named John Hunter, who created a World Peace game in 1978, to try to expose his 4th grade students to “the complex issues of the greater geo-political world that they will one day encounter.”

Hunter did not set out to be a teacher – in fact, he was primarily on a spiritual quest. Upon returning from one of his trips to India, with white robes, full beard and afro, and John Lennon glasses, he said to his father, “Dad, I think I am really close to getting spiritual enlightenment.” His father replied, “Yes, well there’s one other thing you have to get too: a job.” Hunter ended up getting a degree in experimental education, and I think that his degree and job choice have definitely paid off – a millionfold, perhaps.

The trailer for the movie can be seen here, but what is really worthwhile watching is Hunter’s TED talk. It is truly inspiring.