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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War Relocation Authority notice on evacuee requests for material from Chambers of Commerce and other local agencies (ddr-densho-381-21)
doc War Relocation Authority notice on evacuee requests for material from Chambers of Commerce and other local agencies (ddr-densho-381-21)
Myer addresses prejudiced responses to Japanese-American high school students' requests for statistical information about the New England area. Myer recommends that staff discourage direct correspondence between detainees and outside agencies.
Schools at the Granada Relocation Center (ddr-densho-381-42)
doc Schools at the Granada Relocation Center (ddr-densho-381-42)
A paper debating if schools should be built at the Granada concentration camp.
High school students cleaning up outside of Topaz High School (ddr-densho-392-52)
img High school students cleaning up outside of Topaz High School (ddr-densho-392-52)
Caption on reverse: "H.S. clean up week. / 3-5-43 # HS 36 / Billie Oshima and his crew in action on clean-up day at the Topaz High School."
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 23 (December 2, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-47)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 23 (December 2, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-47)
Selected article titles: "Supreme Court Refuses Appeal from Young-Chin" (p.1), "Nisei Growers/Pickers in Wage Row" (p.1, 5), "Schools Built by Evacuees at Poston I and II to Be Razed" (p.1), "When Sachio Left Town, Even the Cows Were Blue" (p.3), "Anti-Minority Backlash" (p.4).
Class photo (ddr-fom-1-510)
img Class photo (ddr-fom-1-510)
Photograph used for a school annual.
High school formal dinner (ddr-fom-1-474)
img High school formal dinner (ddr-fom-1-474)
Perhaps a graduation ceremony. Photograph used for a school annual.
High school formal dinner (ddr-fom-1-476)
img High school formal dinner (ddr-fom-1-476)
Perhaps a graduation ceremony. Photograph used for a school annual.
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