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Teaching About RadiationAired: Oct 12, 2011

After a 31-year interval, middle schools in Japan will officially resume teaching about radiation under new science curriculum guidelines starting next year. Since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, schools have already begun devising programs of study that will help eradicate fears and familiarize students with radiation science in ways that relate to their everyday lives. The problem is that most teachers have almost no experience teaching the subject, and just understanding the basic units of measurement for radioactivity -- the becquerel, the sievert, and the gray -- is difficult. This program examines their effort so far.


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