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Reed, B. Cameron – Physics Teacher, 2006
In his "The Making of the Atomic Bomb," Richard Rhodes remarks of the July 16, 1945, Trinity atomic bomb test in New Mexico that "had astronomers been watching they could have seen it reflected from the moon, literal moonshine," an allusion to Ernest Rutherford's famous dismissal of the prospect of atomic energy. Investigating…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Weapons, Nuclear Physics, Astronomy
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Endacott, Jason L. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2014
Historical empathy scholarship has evolved to the point where further progress necessitates empirical examinations from a variety of perspectives. Prior studies on historical empathy have largely focused on teachers' pedagogical approach and student outcomes. This qualitative study focuses on students as they engage in the process of historical…
Descriptors: Empathy, Decision Making, War, Weapons
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Sanchez, Tony R. – American Secondary Education, 2006
This article asserts the importance of character education through the utilization of historical storytelling in the social studies classroom. After briefly noting the value of the historical story in this regard, a specific, ready-made example is provided concerning Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb and includes a crucial set of follow-up…
Descriptors: Weapons, Values Education, Social Studies, Story Telling
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Dufour, Joanne – Social Education, 2006
The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded 60 years after the first atomic bombs fell on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 people; the peace prize raises the hopes of those working to rejuvenate global efforts to prevent the spread and development of nuclear arms. This article profiles the International Atomic…
Descriptors: Nuclear Energy, Peace, Teaching Methods, War
Mesplay, Gail – Teaching Tolerance, 2001
Presents several practical ideas for making peace a priority within the classroom. Shares stories of a high school and an elementary school where peace projects have flourished. The elementary project involved planting a tree germinated from a Japanese tree that had survived the atomic bomb. The high school project involved apprenticing teenagers…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Elementary Secondary Education, Peace, Student Attitudes
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Doppen, Frans H. – Social Studies, 2000
Explores how historical empathy can give students a richer understanding of the past, focusing on the development of the students' historical understanding through an analysis of 18 documents on President Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan. (CMK)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Strategies, Empathy, Foreign Countries
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Hikins, James W. – Quarterly Journal of Speech, 1983
Analyzes the decision to drop the atomic bomb from a rhetorical point of view, arguing that the bombs were launched because of an American commitment to a particular rhetoric that focused on the propaganda slogan "unconditional surrender." (PD)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Foreign Policy, Nuclear Warfare, Nuclear Weapons
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Bernstein, Barton J. – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 1975
A historian looks back at the dropping of the atomic bomb; in hindsight the political and moral consequences are plain, but at the time the decision reflected an overwhelming American consensus. (BT)
Descriptors: Decision Making, History, International Relations, Moral Issues
Teaching Tolerance, 1993
Classroom activities for examining effects of war and contemplating world peace are derived from the story of Sadako, a Japanese girl who died as a result of atomic bomb radiation. Making paper cranes, as Sadako did, and participating in schoolwide programs are suggested for primary, middle, and upper grades. (SLD)
Descriptors: Children, Classroom Techniques, Conflict Resolution, Elementary Secondary Education
Johns, Robert – Southern Social Studies Quarterly, 1986
Provides a teaching plan which helps students imaginatively take the roles of leaders in the United States during World War II so that they might more completely understand such difficult decisions as allying with the Soviet Union, relocating Japanese-Americans, and dropping the atomic bomb. Provides a statement of goals and objectives, required…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Instructional Materials, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Harris, Jonathan – 1965
By focusing on the question of whether it was right or wrong to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, this social studies unit seeks to illuminate the political, military, scientific, and moral complexities involved in making far-reaching decisions today. Sections of the unit use primary materials from American, Japanese, and English sources to…
Descriptors: Curriculum Guides, Decision Making, Military Science, Modern History
Bakker, Don – 1995
This unit presents students with dilemmas faced by U.S. policymakers with three distinct options for U.S. policy toward Japan. Background readings provide students with information on the U.S. decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan in 1945. By exploring a spectrum of alternatives, students gain a deeper understanding of the values underlying…
Descriptors: Asian History, Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Educational Objectives
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Project Social Studies Curriculum Center. – 1966
This resource unit, developed by the University of Minnesota's Project Social Studies, introduces eighth graders to the executive process. The unit uses case studies of presidential decision making such as the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the Cuba Bay of Pigs and quarantine decisions, and the Little Rock decision. A case study of…
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Case Studies, Course Content, Decision Making