Lessons from Hiroshima and nuclear power

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Illinois has become the first state to mandate the teaching of Asian American history in public schools to counteract the increase in Asian hate crimes.

This week’s guests on Nuclear Hotseat created a curriculum to teach 6th graders about Hiroshima, Nagasaki, nuclear energy, and the entire nuclear fuel chain.  It has already been used as a pilot project in Spring of 2022 – and now it’s available for any teachers, anywhere, to incorporate into their classrooms as of the 2022-2023 school year.

  • Hiroshima-born Dr. Yuki Miyamoto is a second generation Hibakusha – daughter of an atomic bomb survivor.  She is a professor at DePaul University in Chicago, where she  teaches nuclear discourse and environmental ethics at DePaul.
  • Aiko Kojima Hibino serves as a board member of Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education, the nonprofit that engages, informs, and empowers parents to protect and strengthen public education. Aiko will start teaching “Nuclear Problems and Society” course for first-year college students starting in 2023.

Hurricane Ian caused devastation in Florida last week. Yet one 100% solar-powered town modeled exactly the path we must take — renewables not nuclear — as it survived Ian virtually unscathed, reports Linda Pentz Gunter in this week’s Nuclear Hotseat Hot Story.


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