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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Excerpt from a letter from Paul Nakadate to
doc Excerpt from a letter from Paul Nakadate to "The Broom" newspaper (ddr-densho-122-812)
Re: Caucasian teachers noting the difficulty of explaining "democracy" to students interned in camps
Memo regarding ending public assistance grants to ministers (ddr-densho-356-918)
doc Memo regarding ending public assistance grants to ministers (ddr-densho-356-918)
Memo from John J. O. Moore to caseworkers to inform them of the reason to end public assistance grants to ministers, and scrutinize visit requests and grants for unemployment due to enrollment in Japanese Language School.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Tomi Domoto (ddr-densho-356-300)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Tomi Domoto (ddr-densho-356-300)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from her cousin Tomi Domoto in which discusses the first month at Jerome and general news about mutual friends. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-277 and ddr-densho-356-320.
Amache Elementary School Handbook (ddr-densho-356-813)
doc Amache Elementary School Handbook (ddr-densho-356-813)
Amache Elementary School Handbook that lists faculty members, school curriculum and layout.
Nursery School list (ddr-densho-356-871)
doc Nursery School list (ddr-densho-356-871)
List of nursery school aged children, their address and head of household. Paper clipped together with ddr-densho-356-870 through 872.
1944 Poston High School Yearbook (ddr-densho-412-1)
doc 1944 Poston High School Yearbook (ddr-densho-412-1)
Masao Roy Hayashi's 1944 high school yearbook "El Chaparal" from Poston High School.
Nursery School Measurements (ddr-densho-416-11)
doc Nursery School Measurements (ddr-densho-416-11)
Document from Poston Nursery School providing height and weight measurements for Donald Miyagi
Title:  Where do we go from here? (ddr-densho-408-9)
doc Title: Where do we go from here? (ddr-densho-408-9)
Address to 1945 Graduating class of Hunt High School at Minidoka
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Eva Koyama (ddr-one-5-67)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Santa Fe Detention Center. The envelope is postmarked August 30, 1943. Written in red pencil along the top of the envelope is “9/8-43.” On the left side of the envelope is a cartoon drawing of a yellow train with the words “United Nations” in blue on the side the …
Minidoka Classmates (ddr-one-5-68)
img Minidoka Classmates (ddr-one-5-68)
Black and white photographic print of 11 girls standing outside a barrack at Minidoka posing for a picture. Three girls in the foreground are holding books.
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from William Koyama (ddr-one-5-64)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Santa Fe Detention Center from his son, William Koyama, at Minidoka. Envelope is postmarked August 3, 1943. In red pencil "8/10-43" is written above the receiver's information. The letter from William Koyama is yellowed and water-damaged. At the bottom of the letter is an "EXAMINED" stamp with unknown initals. …
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from his daughter Miriam Kiyo Koyama (ddr-one-5-16)
Letter dated June 21, 1942, from Miriam Kiyo Koyama to her father Kei Koyama. She wishes him a happy Father's Day, tells him that she joined 4H, and hopes that next year they will be together for Father's Day.
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Eva Koyama (ddr-one-5-38)
Letter dated Oct 5, 1942, to Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from his daughter, Eva Koyama. In the letter Eva writes about life at Minidoka: Shin came to visit, school is starting soon, Mr. Mita's funeral, lunch, and Girl Scouts. Eva sends her regards to Dr. Tanaka and Mr. Ikeya.
Bo T. Sakaguchi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-8-7)
vh Bo T. Sakaguchi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-8-7)
Attending school in camp, positive memories of a teacher
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
Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1013-7-19)
vh Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1013-7-19)
Establishment of schools in camp: "the first week of school was confusion"
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