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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Quid Nunc, Vol. I, No. I (March 10, 1944) (ddr-manz-8-19)
doc Quid Nunc, Vol. I, No. I (March 10, 1944) (ddr-manz-8-19)
Published monthly by the Latin class of Manzanar High School.
Our World (1944) (ddr-manz-8-26)
doc Our World (1944) (ddr-manz-8-26)
The 1944 yearbook for Manzanar High School. Signed by students of Mary Jean Kramer.
Stafford Press, December 1943 (ddr-densho-156-429)
doc Stafford Press, December 1943 (ddr-densho-156-429)
Publication of the Sixth Grade, Stafford School, Minidoka concentration camp.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-62)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-62)
Excerpt: "My all-too-brief vacation is over but I've stretched it it a bit with a convenient cold." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-127)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-127)
Excerpt: "War, as everyone else says, is 'HELL.'" I wouldn't know what it is, for I have never experienced the horrors of it."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-153)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-153)
Excerpt:" As I was sitting at home last night thinking for a inspiration, I noticed next door a little boy, about the age of four climbing up and rolling down the sofa valiantly trying to irritate his mother since she could not receive his attention."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-37)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-37)
Excerpt: "The first and most important reason for writing is to tip you off that if you receive a call from Father Daisuke Kitagawa, I have sent him." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "What happened when Pearl Harbor was attacked" (ddr-densho-171-136)
Excerpt: "Blood! More blood! Was the frantic cry of the doctors when our horribly burned and mangled boys began to stream in the operating tables."
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