Atomics in the Classroom

Atomics in the Classroom

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After the August 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Japan's unconditional surrender, America's educational community quickly focused on preparing the younger generation for the atomic age. With the support of the federal government, elementary and secondary schools developed a curriculum known as qatomics, q emphasizing the bomb's destructive power, peaceful applications of the atom and, most important, the need to control nuclear research. By the 1950s, with the Soviet Union's acquiring of the bomb, qatomicsq expanded to include civil defense topics and activities, such as qduck and coverq drills. This book examines the broad curriculum--in social studies, science, mathematics, English, home economics and art--that emphasized atomics in American classrooms of the early postwar era. Lesson plans, class projects and activities, resource materials and extracurricular experiences are included.... 132; John S. Perkins, a€œWhere Is the Social Sciencesa#39; Atomic Bomb?, a€ School and Society, 17 November 1945, 315a€“317. ... 1946): 10; a€œPupils Advertise American Education Week, a€ The Manual Craftsman, Kansas City (November 1, 1946): 1;anbsp;...

Title:Atomics in the Classroom
Author:Michael Scheibach
Publisher:McFarland - 2015-10-27


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