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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Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-54-9)
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Trying to start a collection for Gordon Hirabayashi, encountering resistance
Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-54-16)
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"American Democracy and What It Means to Me": a term paper and an act of civil disobedience
Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-54-15)
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Civic lessons in camp, struggling with school rules and regulations
June Takahashi Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-88-23)
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Memories of "Camp Minidoka" as a teenager: school and work
Robert Coombs Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-146-17)
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Description of the incarcerated children working out on neighboring sugar beet farms; physical description of school conditions
Robert Coombs Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-146-16)
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Participating in a new style of education, teaching core classes at Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho
Robert Coombs Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-146-22)
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Encouraging Japanese American students to believe in a positive future
Robert Coombs Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-146-19)
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Description of a typical day of teaching in Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho
Mo Nishida Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-380-9)
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Attending school 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.

Kenge Kobayashi Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-37-6)
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Eleanor Roosevelt visits a class at Gila River concentration camp
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-152-23)
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Attending grammar school in Minidoka; memories of a teacher who nearly used the term "Jap"
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