|Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 27 2012 @ 12:30 AM EST|
|The "nuclear attack drills" you refer to were (are?) commonly called|
"duck and cover" since that is what the kids were instructed to do.
We never did such drills when I was a kid in the 60s. I learned about them
after I grew up and moved out into the world. But I grew up in "tornado
alley" and all through grade school we *did* have "tornado
drills". Guess what we did for tornado drills. Yup, we ducked and
covered! So my suspicion is were getting two-fers. While practicing what to do
in event the event of a tornado we were also practicing what to do in case of a
nuclear attack. Only we weren't told that.
So after reading your post I had these idle thoughts: How widespread was this
practice of having kids do what amounted to your "nuclear attack
drills" but the kids didn't know that was what they were doing? And if
that practice was widespread enough to do a meaninful comparision, did kids that
weren't told about nuclear attack drills gow up less anxious than those who were
consious they were doing such a drill.
A couple of related notes:
-- The tornado drills were done in the spring. We had fire drills year round.
-- We were told not to eat snow. Not because it might be yellow but because it
might contain nuclear fallout.
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