How Can We Teach Children To Create A Hopeful Future?

May 6, 2016

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Case For Optimism

About John Hunter's TED Talk

Educator John Hunter describes how he finds hope and inspiration in his fourth grade students — and their ability to solve big problems.

About John Hunter

John Hunter graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied comparative religion and philosophy.

As a college student, Hunter traveled to India and discovered Gandhian thought and principles of nonviolence. He decided to pursue a career as a schoolteacher in order to help create a more peaceful world.

In 1978, at Richmond Community High School, Hunter held the first sessions of the World Peace Game. It's a hands-on political simulation game that he created to challenge students to collaborate, communicate, and strive to find peace in a violent world. The game has now been played around the world. It's also the subject of a book and documentary film both entitled, World Peace And Other 4th-Grade Achievements. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.