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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Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-18)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-18)
Excerpt: "Last week I had some rest from choir after Mae's leaving -- we took a week off because of the big banquets for the volunteers." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-76)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-76)
Excerpt: "We're on the last three months! And this one is flashing along unbelievable fast!" Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
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-171-20)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-20)
Excerpt: "I'll start this now although Mr. Fogarty will be coming any minute to take me down to school." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-180)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-180)
Excerpt: "Yesterday after supper as my friend and I were talking on the way to class a dark peculiar form fell over us."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-128)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-128)
Excerpt: "Our country is now at war but not as wars of yesteryear, many modern and scientific device are in use."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-49)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-49)
Excerpt: "Sunday afternoon was the farewell for the Shigayas and Dr. Ishibashi." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
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 (ddr-densho-171-151)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-151)
Excerpt: "This Idaho weather is enough to drive any Seattleite, Californian, Oregonian buggy."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-59)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-59)
Excerpt: "It's been a busy week and now harvest vacation has begun." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-78)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-78)
Excerpt: "I feel positively luxurious now that we have both hour lunch periods and Saturday afternoons every Saturday." 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.
High school commencement (ddr-densho-159-79)
img High school commencement (ddr-densho-159-79)
Amache High School. L to R: unknown, Shigeko Hamaoka Hirano, Lloyd Garrison (Superintendent of Schools), Dag Nakatogawa, Tomio Jofuku, Toshiro Sakamoto.
High school student body leaders (ddr-densho-160-109)
img High school student body leaders (ddr-densho-160-109)
These student body leaders are from Amache High School. Second from left: Katherine Stegner, advisor. Far right: Edison Uno.
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Mission accomplished" (ddr-densho-171-146)
Excerpt: "'Well boys we're allmost home,' say the pilot to his crew."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-29)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-29)
Excerpt: "I guess the vacation atmosphere of school has permeated my whole routine." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "War" (ddr-densho-171-115)
Excerpt: "To my opinion, if the argument between two countries gets beyond the point of just debating, war is the only way out."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-17)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-17)
Excerpt: "Monday night we learned at choir that instead of a rehearsal Thursday we were getting a farewell concert for the project." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-173)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-173)
Excerpt: "Mother nature has taken her own course again and we are having rain for too many days."
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "War" (ddr-densho-171-124)
Excerpt: "War! It is just a 3-letter word, but what a lot of sorrow and bloodshed a little word like that can hold."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-70)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-70)
Excerpt: "Tonight I am quite well caught up, with my grades all ready and the senior grade point averages under way." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-79)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-79)
Excerpt: "There is really very little news this week. The first part was very hot and yesterday and today have been unseasonably cool." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
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