Education

Schools were quickly organized in the concentration camps, but they suffered from crude facilities and lack of teaching materials. Instruction was given for nursery through high school, and adult education was offered. Trained teachers were in short supply, however, and uncertified Japanese Americans with college degrees often filled in. The War Relocation Authority (WRA) deliberately emphasized Americanization in the education program. Some found it painfully ironic to watch incarcerated youth recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Education (774)

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Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-69)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-69)
Excerpt: "This should be an afternoon of great accomplishment -- I can't be outside because it's windy and dusty..." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Stafford Press, February 1944 (ddr-densho-156-430)
doc Stafford Press, February 1944 (ddr-densho-156-430)
Publication of the Sixth Grade, Stafford School, Minidoka concentration camp.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-41)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-41)
Excerpt: "This is intended as a timely greeting in lieu of a phone call or telegram. I hope it will find you having a pleasant, cozy Christmas 'on the home front'!" Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-105)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-105)
Excerpt: "Guns are roaring, bullets whizzing, men dying like rats, so that this world would be a decent place to live."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-32)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-32)
Excerpt: "Instead I must go down for a visit from the Twin Falls Young People which is now starting..." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "War" (ddr-densho-171-100)
Excerpt: "What does war mean for us to do? Courage of today as for tomorrow."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-163)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-163)
Excerpt: "The family is enjoying a quiet afternoon at home. In one corner Jimmy is playing with the neighbors child, Billy."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-84)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-84)
Excerpt: "First - here are some war stamps which I accumulated at a staff party some time ago."
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "War" (ddr-densho-171-170)
Excerpt: "'December 7th, 1941, Japs attack Pearl Harbor' 'Surprise Attack in Pearl Harbor!' War! War!"
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Hauling Rocks" (ddr-densho-171-169)
Excerpt: "When I woke up in the morning and went to work I found out that we had to haul rocks to Block 3."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-31)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-31)
Excerpt: "Sorry I'm late again but last night I taught Jerry Fogarty's Americanization class from 7 till 8 and then went to a meeting..." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
High school band (ddr-densho-159-182)
img High school band (ddr-densho-159-182)
The Amache High School band conductor was Charles Hinman.
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-104)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-104)
Excerpt: "A painful memory lingers in the heart of many Niseis -- a memory of those dark somber days of 1941, after the unexpected attack on Pearl Harbor."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-68)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-68)
Excerpt: "It has been a beautiful sunny weekend. In spite of looking like spring, it's cold." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
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