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 (774)

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Student essay (ddr-densho-171-135)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-135)
Excerpt: "While waiting in front of a soda fountain for a trolley to take me home, I purchanced to overhear two boys arguing."
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "How War Effects Man in theh fighting front" (ddr-densho-171-125)
Excerpt: "When many men go out to war and across the sea, at least nine out of ten may not come back."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-54)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-54)
Excerpt: "Two weeks ago tomorrow, which is approximately when I wrote last, I had dinner at Marguerite's." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Dust storms" (ddr-densho-171-154)
Excerpt: "What a nice day when all of a sudden, a dust blows right into you."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-126)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-126)
Excerpt: "Wish this evacuation business has separated me from my friends."
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "WAR" (ddr-densho-171-172)
Excerpt: "War would have a different meaning to everyone."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-92)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-92)
Excerpt: "I'm under the dryer again, but this time it's in a beauty shop owned by a couple of girls who graduated from Hunt H.S. I like it much better."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-108)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-108)
Excerpt: "All the children in the class sing lustily and joyously, unconsciously showing their love of country in their well fed healthy bodies and alert minds."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-6)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-6)
Excerpt: "Last weekend we had a wonderful trip -- I think I wrote you about it. Monday night was choir." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-74)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-74)
Excerpt: "I hope your vacation is proving as restful and congenial as mine. I'm indulging all my repressed tastes!" Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "To the Honored Dead" (ddr-densho-171-112)
Excerpt: "This is to the honored dead! This is to the unselfish ones who laid aside the flourishing pen and substituted for it a civilization with the hammer and saw..."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-25)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-25)
Excerpt: "I know Tues. was a Relocation Guidance Comm. Meeting that lasted all the afternoon Tues. and Wed. mornings." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-178)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-178)
Excerpt: "He sits there on the gayly colored cusion, as I try vigorously to concentrate on my homework."
Student essay:
doc Student essay: "Foreword" (ddr-densho-171-97)
Excerpt: "In this paragraph I put myself in the shoes of a loyal American Youth of Tomorrow."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-13)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-13)
Excerpt: "The latter refers to working with my four wild Indiands and seeing them growing into class leaders." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-148)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-148)
Excerpt: "From the first time I knew what war was like, I hated it."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-91)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-91)
Excerpt: "Just a hasty note to tell you I've had to move to the YW Residence -- at least temporarily."
Student essay (ddr-densho-171-111)
doc Student essay (ddr-densho-171-111)
Excerpt: "A bugle call fades away softly. Memorial Day -- U.S.A."
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-51)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-51)
Excerpt: "Monday evening Miss Tate and I went for a walk down to the canal..." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
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