Understanding The Global Game - Stanza Academy

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Understanding The Global Game

Think critically about the world around you.

Develop in-depth understanding of politics, economics, finance, science, and world affairs with this highly engaging specialty course for students grades 6 – 12.


Read daily from a select list of articles in preparation for lively current events discussions. It’s an inviting way to connect with peers, while also earning credits toward graduation.

Understanding the Global Game is for students who want to…

  • Learn to think critically about current events
  • Discover effective ways to express opinions
  • Debate topics that matter
  • Earn credits toward graduation
  • Have fun!

Course Requirements:

  • Daily reading of instructor-recommended articles
  • Twice-weekly one-hour online discussions
  • Active engagement
  • Personal computer and reliable internet connection

“Part of learning is having discussions about current affairs. It makes you a more interesting person, someone who can talk about what’s going on around you and express an opinion.”

– Geoffrey Gibbs, Stanza Instructor

Meet The Program's Instructor: Geoffrey Gibbs

Geoff developed “Understanding the Global Game” in an effort to supplement his own sons’ education. Before he knew it, he was teaching an entire crowd of teens. Now he offers his current affairs expertise and world-wise talent to Stanza. We are thrilled to have him!


When not debating our students, Geoff serves as special counsel for the University of California and commissioner on the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. He has experience with large enterprises such as Waste Management, Motorola Mobility, and The Walt Disney Company. He was managing principal of The Gibbs Law Group for 9 years.


Geoff is a graduate of Harvard University and earned his law degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Executive MBA from UCLA. He also has an M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

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