Junior School pupils take to the College to ponder the question: 'What should we do about North Korea?'

“What should we do about North Korea?” That was the question put to pupils from St George’s Junior School who visited the College on Monday 11 June and explored the answers to this very complex and timely question. 

In light of Tuesday’s meeting between North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, the children were asked to offer advice to the US about how they should handle North Korea. 

Pupils began by exploring issues of foreign policy, being asked to complete a ‘Dead or Alive’ role play, whereby, in pairs, the children had to decide whether they would shoot their weapon or not. This probed interesting comments from students about the problems of conducting state foreign policy, including the difficulties of trusting other actors and the impact of human nature. 

Students then worked in groups to explore possible solutions of how to handle North Korea, offering their advice to our Sixth Form Students, Meg Kelly and Zal Jamooji, and First Year Student, Oliver Hepden, who collectively played the role of Donald Trump. Collectively, all the groups decided that they would do a political deal with North Korea, which would involve economic assistance, human rights assurances and denuclearisation.

Indeed, given the outcome of Tuesday’s meeting, it is remarkable that students made the very same suggestions that it looks like will be implemented in reality. Overall, the pupils had enormous fun and Dr Clayton, Head of Politics, remarked how impressed she had been by the academic prowess, politeness and enthusiasm of the Junior School girls and boys. Indeed, the History and Politics Department look forward to further collaboration with the Junior School in the future.

15 June 2018

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