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-171-21)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-21)
Excerpt: "Wednesday night was Episcopal choir." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "What I think of War" (ddr-densho-171-110)
Excerpt: "I don't think there is any future in having wars."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-90)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-90)
Excerpt: "What a lot has happened since four years ago today! It makes the past week seem rather paltry!"
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-45)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-45)
Excerpt: "Briefly, last week was nightmarish from Sunday on." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-26)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-26)
Excerpt: "I'm celebrating my first Saturday afternoon off by a weekend spree and revelling in civilization!" Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Serenade in Blue" (ddr-densho-171-93)
Excerpt: "Perspiring freely the young teacher at the map continued to explain the current topic."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-83)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-83)
Excerpt: "At long last I seem to have enough time -- and paper -- to bring us up to date."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-75)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-75)
Excerpt: "At last breathing spell and breath have coincided so that I can bring you up to date since Minneapolis." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-66)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-66)
Excerpt: "Mr. Harke finally got around to breaking the log jam and also seemed to realize that he was working at cross purposes to my job." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Wounded" (ddr-densho-171-137)
Excerpt: "It is spring and you are walking down the road. As you look around admiring the scenery you suddenly see a young man in crutches."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-167)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-167)
Excerpt: "The house was surrounded by a deathly stillness that covered its two companions inside like a cloak."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-63)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-63)
Excerpt: "If I thought I was busy at any time during the last two years, it was a mild form of self-indulgence!" Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-42)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-42)
Excerpt: "First of all, thank you for my lovely Christmas!" Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-122)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-122)
Excerpt: "World War II has meant to me unjust evacuation of citizens of the United States to assembly centers very poorly and hastily constructed."
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "War" (ddr-densho-171-166)
Excerpt: "Perhaps many of us partially realize what this simple noun 'War' actually means."
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Could Be...?" (ddr-densho-171-117)
Excerpt: "Why, what has become of the Niseis? I can't seem to find them in there usual 'Little Tokyos.'"
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-1)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-1)
Excerpt: "I'm here! Just a line because I have to be up at 7 tomorrow. Things are much better than I expected and they have a grand bunch here." 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."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-7)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-7)
Excerpt: "I put my room to permanent rights at little more. Assembled my voluminous notes and bibliographies from Stanford into notebook covers purchased yesterday." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-144)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-144)
Excerpt: "'I helped to win that World War II!'" No, I wasn't in the Army Air Corps, or the Navy, or even the Army; I stayed in the home front and did my part there."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-2)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-2)
Excerpt: "I'm not sure when I wrote last, was it on the train? As you probably noticed I took the Pacific limited to be sure of connections at Wells." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-36)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-36)
Excerpt: "Winter has replaced autumn, and fact has replaced rumor." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
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.
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