We’re on Amazon!

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Blog, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Updates | Comments Off on We’re on Amazon!

We’re on Amazon!

Have you seen our book yet? Have you browsed the table of contents and our form of prose? Do it on Amazon now! We’ve talked to hundreds of students and helped dozens win their first awards. We’ve done it for middle school, high school, and college teams. We’ve deconstructed the game of Model UN and synthesized the skills that make an impact on your fellow delegates. We have also shown our students how those skills make them better with their teachers, their friends, and even people with whom they’re dying to make a good first impression. In our book, we teach from a different perspective about negotiation and debate. We teach you how to demonstrate leadership. We’ve given talks to teach how to network, be more confident, and how to be a charismatic speaker. Yes, the skills you practice in Model UN will even work in interviews and auditions. Life is a process of “becoming.” Becoming better, becoming more mature, becoming strong, evolving, ascending, etc. We named our book “MUN-E” (pronounced MONEY) because this process of “becoming” is the most powerful, VALUABLE skill you can ever learn. Model UN is just the perfect place to practice this skill. Not only does it give you more awareness of your own SELF and the people who are listening to you, but it also is a GLOBAL Activity! International Relations will be a fixture in the future of our world’s economy, politics, and education. Model UN is the perfect venue to better understand the entire world! Get MUN-E now! Get educated! BECOME the best you can be!...

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Free Download for MUN Advisors!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2013 in Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E | Comments Off on Free Download for MUN Advisors!

Free Download for MUN Advisors!

We’ve recently added a small section to the appendices specifically for Model UN teachers and advisors! We’re also giving it to you, appended onto the intro to our book, for free! Download it now! This is the only complete book written on Model UN… and the task was not taken lightly. We hope to continue working and developing supplemental material to integrate Model UN into social studies classrooms because the interactivity and educational potential of the Model UN experience is deeper than the traditional curriculum. In Model UN, students take active roles in their own learning and that is PRICELESS! Get a copy and help support our educational goals!...

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Howard Zinn, MUN, & The Future of Education

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog, Current Events, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E | Comments Off on Howard Zinn, MUN, & The Future of Education

Howard Zinn, MUN, & The Future of Education

After spending weeks thinking about the presentation and education panel I would be leading at ChoMUN, I found a new perspective on our current systems. The group at the Da Vinci Institute had a great deal of experience in “Futurist” thought. In the first few paragraphs of their treatise on the future of education, they cite the inefficiency of systems as they exist today. It is a distant past, but before I continue I want to explain their first reference to an inefficient system that hindered progress in the ancient world: the Roman Number system. It is accepted by most mathematics historians (yes, they exist) that the progress of the Greeks ground to a complete halt when the Romans asserted their grip over most of Europe and the Mediterranean coastline. Writing a number in Roman numerals is an addition and subtraction equation in itself! Think about the number MDCCCXLIV = 1844. Imagine trying to do bookkeeping and data entry with this system. Imagine division problems… never mind exponents and decimals!! Now go a step further and imagine how engineering and finance must’ve been held back by this inefficient numerical system. In our country today, we have developed a tax code that is now 64,000 pages long. We have so many laws that most lawyers believe they are uncountable. Another system that is becoming utterly decrepit is the education system. Each of us were born with the natural proclivity towards learning (we witness, we crawl, we walk, we speak, we write, we develop language and vocabulary…) yet by the time we’ve reached adolescence, most students grow sick of the tedium of grades, papers, exams, standardized tests, rigid classrooms, and they question the “reasons” for knowing math or history. Something has gone wrong with our current investments, and our future deserves a fresh perspective. Students deserve to be inspired and teachers deserve inspired students. Our system has been slow to adapt to the revolution of the internet. The academics who are revealing a renaissance of education research are slow to push their discoveries into the classroom. The local public education districts are so oppressed by budgetary constraints that they struggle more with balance sheets, completely losing sight of advantageous reform. As a graduate student in the most quantitative field that currently exists in education (An outline of a program in psychometrics), I am a first-hand witness of the trench that lies between the practices of policy makers and educational researchers. When imagining the future of education, we must make room for the creativity of learners to pursue their interests and motivations. The extent of subject matter that can be learned has become so vast, each with a depth unrivaled in any historical context. When we restrict each student to read a subset of classical novels, whitewashed interpretations of history, and terse outlines of science, we dull the beauty and richness of the human experience. Then we take it a step further and force today’s students to bubble in dots for more than two weeks of the school year, instigating anxieties and insecurities that negate the confidence building activities that should be...

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Charisma 101 – A video Lesson

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Blog, Featured, Lessons, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Social Skills | Comments Off on Charisma 101 – A video Lesson

Charisma 101 – A video Lesson

I was asked to come into my old school and give the newcomers some sage advice on basics for General Assemblies and “being noticed.” I gave about 45 minutes of a talk on Charisma and Presence. Most of the material you’ll see in the following videos are from Chapters 2 & 3 of our book. Can you imagine what’s in the other 8 chapters…? [BuyBookCenter] Charisma 101 - Part 1No. of Hits : 2495Charisma 101 - Part 2No. of Hits : 5480Charisma 101 - Part 3No. of Hits :...

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Special MUN Topic: Security Concerns @ the London Games?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, MUN Debate Topics | 501 comments

Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, terrorism has become a global threat that effects every nation around the world. Now more than ever this issue has surfaced as a topic of debate with the start of the 30th Olympic Games hosted in London. Much of the world has focused its attention on the security present at this historic event and the United Kingdoms ability to protect the millions of visitors that will be traveling to London to watch the Olympic Games. The Olympics are no stranger to terrorism in the past however. In 1972 the Munich Games were home to one of the worst tragedies in Olympic history when eight Arab terrorists stormed an apartment housing Israeli athletes. Two athletes were killed in the initial struggle and nine more were taken hostage. This horrible tragedy concluded with a vicious shoot out between German sharpshooters and the terrorists resulting in the death of all nine of the Israeli hostages. Luckily there have been no issues of that magnitude at the London Games as of yet. Other than the G4S security agency’s failure to provide the contracted 10,400 security officials for the event and a lost set of keys to Wembly Stadium, the Olympic Games have continued with relatively no interruptions. An increased military presence hopes to deter any potential terrorist threats and both issues were quickly corrected due to excellent contingency planning by the organizers of the London Games. It’s still early but we would like to get your opinion on security at the Olymipic Games…. Share your thoughts on this issue...

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