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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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
Rose Tanaka Interview Segment 17 (ddr-manz-1-145-17)
vh Rose Tanaka Interview Segment 17 (ddr-manz-1-145-17)
"Deplorable" conditions when schools first opened in camp
Frank Isamu Kikuchi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-5-7)
vh Frank Isamu Kikuchi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-5-7)
Impact of camp on education: no higher level classes available
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
George Nakata Interview Segment 18 (ddr-one-7-29-18)
vh George Nakata Interview Segment 18 (ddr-one-7-29-18)
Memories of influential teachers 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.

Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-92-21)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-92-21)
Going from student to teacher at school

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview II Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-124-2)
Active in establishing camp high school, clubs at Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-123-17)
Participating in camp activities, high school, church, dances

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

API