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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Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1013-6-13)
vh Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1013-6-13)
Attending elementary school in camp: remembering teachers who had a difficult time
Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1011-7-7)
vh Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1011-7-7)
School activities in camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 14 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-14)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 14 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-14)
Recreational activities in concentration camp: attending school

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Martha Shoaf Interview Segment 13 (ddr-manz-1-9-13)
vh Martha Shoaf Interview Segment 13 (ddr-manz-1-9-13)
Obtaining teaching books and supplies through donations
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