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 (782)

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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.
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "The Nisei Problem" (ddr-densho-171-152)
Excerpt: "After being put into camp, the Niseis are becomong soft and lazy."
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "We Must Win!" (ddr-densho-171-138)
Excerpt: "It was a bright, sunny morning and I turned toward the hill and graduatlly sought my way to the top."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-150)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-150)
Excerpt: "We have all experienced something that we have never thought of experiencing before."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-158)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-158)
Excerpt: "As the silhouette of summer slowly desends upon Minidoka, the fragrant smell of garlic blooms and the sewage plant drifts about with the playful breezes."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-86)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-86)
Excerpt: "I'm on the train from Portland to Seattle and will get this off to you before I get behind. I'm having a wonderful time in the Northwest!"
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-89)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-89)
Excerpt: "Last Friday afternoon -- evening -- Elmer and I were invited to turkey dinner at the Nakahaharas."
Grace F. Oshita Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1013-4-12)
vh Grace F. Oshita Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1013-4-12)
Education in camp, working as an assistant to the elementary school principal
Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-54-16)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-54-16)
"American Democracy and What It Means to Me": a term paper and an act of civil disobedience
Robert Coombs Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-146-16)
vh Robert Coombs Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-146-16)
Participating in a new style of education, teaching core classes at Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho
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vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview II Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-124-2)
Active in establishing camp high school, clubs at Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

Onlooker (1943) (ddr-densho-291-6)
img Onlooker (1943) (ddr-densho-291-6)
The 1943 yearbook for Amache Senior High School.
Tempo (1945) (ddr-densho-291-18)
doc Tempo (1945) (ddr-densho-291-18)
The 1945 yearbook for Heart Mountain High School.
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