As the new Oppenheimer film is released, Quakers in Britain, as part of the Peace Education Network (PEN), have released lessons examining the legacy of early atomic scientists. The two lessons will support secondary school teachers, most of who believe students should learn the humanitarian consequences of using nuclear weapons according to a recent survey.
The film follows the rise and fall of J Robert Oppenheimer who organized the building and testing of the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos in July 1945.
Shortly after, nuclear weapons were used by the USA to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing around 200,000.
Many survivors faced leukemia, or other terrible side effects from the radiation, and the world was left battling the proliferation of weapons which could destroy all life.
More than 90 per cent of teachers do not agree that nuclear disarmament education is too political to be taught, the survey from the Nuclear Education Trust found.