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.

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Education (926)

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Student essay (ddr-densho-171-142)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-142)
Excerpt: "'Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor attacked by Japs' was the news that came from the commentators throughout the nation."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-140)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-140)
Excerpt: "Were about to go over the top. Instruction are assed out to keep charging or die trying."
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."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-19)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-19)
Excerpt: "I slept till 9 for a change. Then after breakfast I went over to play for Episcopal Sunday school..." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-8)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-8)
Excerpt: "Monday was chiefly introductory welcoming speeches by key people and preliminary planning which went rather slowly." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
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."
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Could Be...?" (ddr-densho-171-117)
Excerpt: "Why, what has become of the Niseis? I can't seem to find them in there usual 'Little Tokyos.'"
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Time" (ddr-densho-171-134)
Excerpt: "Tick tock, tick tock, goes the clock, as time passes on slowly."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-85)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-85)
Excerpt: "When it's all over, I think I shall write my memories, entitled 'Life on the Tail of a Comet'!"
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."
Letter from a camp teacher to her aunt (ddr-densho-171-43)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her aunt (ddr-densho-171-43)
Excerpt: "As with you, all the news is in the 'Family letter' but I do want you to have a thank-you of your own for my birthday check." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-16)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-16)
Excerpt: "Here's another installment which, according to my records brings our total to $105 and wipes out the very helpful loan..." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-1)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-1)
Excerpt: "I'm here! Just a line because I have to be up at 7 tomorrow. Things are much better than I expected and they have a grand bunch here." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-28)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-28)
Except: "This is sort of a postscript and answer to mother's letter which arrived today with the books." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-157)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-157)
Excerpt: "There has been considerable amount of rumors going around, and most people believe in them."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-48)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-48)
Excerpt: "I'll get this written tonight because tomorrow will be really full!" Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Reflextion" (ddr-densho-171-133)
Excerpt: "Almost midnight now, the party had been going full blast for the last two hours."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-155)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-155)
Excerpt: "If you work in the mess hall, you know how peole eat this food."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-106)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-106)
Excerpt: "War seems to be a mass destruction of mankind."
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Is it fair to the fighting men?" (ddr-densho-171-109)
Excerpt: "Is it fair to the soldiers, sailors, and marines, who fight in blizzards, snow, hot deserts, and mud up to their knees; when miners, factory workers..."
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.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-77)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-77)
Excerpt: "This is one of the most leisurely Sundays in a long time. To begin with, I was supposed to have gone to Boise and didn't." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-60)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-60)
Excerpt: "After writing you a week ago, Barbara Barrett and I went over and helped paint the staff mess hall." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-168)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-168)
Excerpt: "Some people think that war is just to have power over all nations and kill and make destruction as others."
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Dust storms" (ddr-densho-171-154)
Excerpt: "What a nice day when all of a sudden, a dust blows right into you."
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