Few teachers would expect their nine- and ten-year old students to be able to make political decisions about complex military, economic and environmental matters. But then, few teachers are as unique as John Hunter. This award-winning film, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements, interweaves the story of this remarkable teacher and the extraordinary game he developed to demonstrate the complexities of peace and global conflict.
Everyone should see this film – it is fun, thought-provoking, and truly inspiring. -- Susan Hackley, Managing Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
The film has been broadcast on public television across the US, as well as in Israel, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Taiwan and throughout the Middle East.
While this film began as a simple documentary about one public-school teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, it has generated significant international attention for this remarkable individual. World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements inspires all audiences by documenting the formerly unheralded work of a true peacemaker.
"World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements is an endearing and powerful film that vividly shows how one extraordinarily insightful and compassionate teacher, John Hunter, treated his students like the intelligent young beings they are and engaged them in a serious discussion about leadership and making tough choices in a complex world. Everyone should see this film – it is fun, thought-provoking, and truly inspiring."
- Susan Hackley, Managing Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
"One need only watch the faces of the students in this film to understand the power of the message in World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements. Their intense engagement, trust in the relationship with their teacher, confidence in their own voices, and ability to collaborate serve as inspirations. John Hunter, in a manner both humble and poetic, articulates what it takes to create his particular variety of classroom magic and his hopefulness for the future. Teachers and school leaders everywhere should take an hour to watch this from beginning to end."
-- Claudia Daggett, Executive Director, Elementary School Heads Association
"World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements is an inspirational documentary that engages the audience on many different levels as it follows John Hunter's mission as a teacher to challenge his students' thinking and imaginations well beyond their experiences. It will leave you motivated and hopeful about the future of the world in the hands of the young leaders in John's classroom.
- J. Andrew Stamp, Associate Executive Director, Virginia Association of School Superintendents