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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Term paper: my plan for the future (ddr-csujad-48-2)
doc Term paper: my plan for the future (ddr-csujad-48-2)
Term paper by Chiyoko Nakasaki for period VII Social Problems class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Chiyoko discusses finding an office job after graduation, but she worries about giving the wrong impression or building a bad reputation if she sets out as an independent female. She enjoys listening to …
My plans for my future (ddr-csujad-48-19)
doc My plans for my future (ddr-csujad-48-19)
Term Paper by Haruye Imahori for period VII Social Problems course, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. Haruye would like to be a bookkeeper eventually. She recounts the satisfaction in seeing results during her classes. However, war and subsequent forced evacuation create uncertainty for her. She tells that her parents believe the best …
Letter from Kazuyoshi Nagashima to Mr. Wells regarding poor performance in class (ddr-csujad-48-54)
doc Letter from Kazuyoshi Nagashima to Mr. Wells regarding poor performance in class (ddr-csujad-48-54)
A letter from Kazuyoshi Nagashima, a student in period 1 History, to Mr. Wells explaining why he has not completed his final assignment on the civilization of Egypt and why he performed poorly on the test given that day. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9054. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Class roster for courses taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-36)
doc Class roster for courses taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-36)
Class rosters for courses taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School: Period 1: 10-L with 35 names; Period 2: 10-L with 44 names; Period 3: 12-H with 43 names and grades; Period 5: 12-H with 33 names; Period 7: 12-H with 9 names and grades; Period 8: 10-L with 44 names. Transcription is found …
Seimei no jisso (Truth of life); English translation Nectarean shower (Kanro no hou) (ddr-csujad-48-42)
doc Seimei no jisso (Truth of life); English translation Nectarean shower (Kanro no hou) (ddr-csujad-48-42)
Cover title: Kanro no hou. 1st edition printed in the U.S.A., 1938 See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0042
My future (ddr-csujad-48-10)
doc My future (ddr-csujad-48-10)
Term Paper by Hitoshi Yasuda for period 5 Social Problems class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Hitoshi opens by discussing the uncertainty he faces in his future, and the characteristics necessary to be successful. Before the war, he had hoped to go to college and get technical training in …
Wells Hist. Per. 5 (ddr-csujad-48-119)
doc Wells Hist. Per. 5 (ddr-csujad-48-119)
Class roster for Period 5, History, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. Thirty-seven students are listed. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9928. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0928
What I like and don't like about Manzanar (ddr-csujad-48-30)
doc What I like and don't like about Manzanar (ddr-csujad-48-30)
Assignment by Ryoko Yano (the first letter is missing due to a torn edge, determined via class roster) for period 8 Geography and History class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. The author points out the things they like and dislike about Manzanar. They like the nearness to mountains and …
Future (ddr-csujad-48-14)
doc Future (ddr-csujad-48-14)
Term paper by Yoshio Kusayanagi for Social Problems class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Yoshio presents a very idealistic view of the needs for good individuals to overcome evil and injustice in the world. He highlights the need for everyone to do their part to win the war, by …
Greeks (ddr-csujad-48-40)
doc Greeks (ddr-csujad-48-40)
Term paper for period I 10-L History class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Ikuyo describes Greek civilization in detail for the assigned final project. Section headings include: Geography; History; Biographies; Civilization; Illustrations; and Maps. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9040. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Log of books checked out by students in period III, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-122)
doc Log of books checked out by students in period III, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-122)
Log of books checked out by twenty-nine students in Period 3, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9931. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0931
Log of books checked out by students in period VIII, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-137)
doc Log of books checked out by students in period VIII, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-137)
Log of books checked out by forty-three students in Period 8, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9946. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0946
My future (ddr-csujad-48-16)
doc My future (ddr-csujad-48-16)
Term paper by Shig Katayama for Social Problems class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Shig's greatest wish is to live in a democratic world and be a success in his chosen career. He has intended to attend the college of Pharmacy at UC Berkley and run a small drug …
Senior problems quiz (ddr-csujad-48-130)
doc Senior problems quiz (ddr-csujad-48-130)
A quiz assigned during the Senior Problems course taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School, there is no student listed on the assignment. The quiz describes the means that a "Jack Jones" would learn his father's business from the ground up eventually taking over and having enough savings to invest in stock, and supply …
Log of books checked out by students in period 1, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-139)
doc Log of books checked out by students in period 1, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-139)
Log of books checked out by thirty-two students in Period 1, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9948. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0948
Log of books checked out by students in period I, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-120)
doc Log of books checked out by students in period I, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-120)
Log of books checked out by thirty-nine students in Period 1, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. Four names have been added in red colored pencil, three names have been crossed out. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9929. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0929
Memory of evacuation (ddr-csujad-48-20)
doc Memory of evacuation (ddr-csujad-48-20)
Assignment by Henry Haruda for period VIII World Geography and History class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Henry recounts needing to leave his dog Scrappy behind when his family left Los Angeles. He tells a story of Scrappy stealing bacon from the grocery store and getting into the neighbor's …
Log of books checked out by students in period II, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-138)
doc Log of books checked out by students in period II, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-138)
Log of books checked out by forty-one students in Period 2, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9947. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0947
Manzanar schools (ddr-csujad-48-31)
doc Manzanar schools (ddr-csujad-48-31)
Assignment by Henry Nakano for period VIII History class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Henry discusses the schools at Manzanr. Initially, the parents worried if there would be any schooling. But Dr. Carter (Superintendent of Schools) reassured them that school would start in the fall. Initially the school did …
Planning ahead (ddr-csujad-48-5)
doc Planning ahead (ddr-csujad-48-5)
Term paper by Helen Kusuda for period III Social Problems class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Helen pursued stenography and secretarial work in junior high as she was fascinated by typing. Although fond of typing, Helen switched her major to Cosmology after taking a Home Economics course. She then …
Term report: what will my future ambition be? (ddr-csujad-48-1)
doc Term report: what will my future ambition be? (ddr-csujad-48-1)
Term paper by George Odahara for period V Social Problems class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. He discusses working in a print shop during middle and high school to become a printer. However, after the war started he changed paths to become a farmer, believing he would never be …
My career (ddr-csujad-48-37)
doc My career (ddr-csujad-48-37)
Term Paper by Matsumura Masuru for period VII Senior Problem class, taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Matsumura describes his desire to be an aeronautical engineer eventually. He describes the necessary training to become a pilot and a aircraft mechanic. He provides a list of technical schools and colleges that …
Tally sheet of grades for classes taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-140)
doc Tally sheet of grades for classes taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-140)
A tally sheet showing the distribution of grades for each of six classes taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9949. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0949
Roster of students for 12-H, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-129)
doc Roster of students for 12-H, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-129)
Class roster for 12-H, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. Ten students are listed, one has been crossed out with red colored pencil. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9938. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0938
Wells World Geo. and History, Per. 2 (ddr-csujad-48-116)
doc Wells World Geo. and History, Per. 2 (ddr-csujad-48-116)
Class roster for Period 2, World Geography and History, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. Thirty-six students are listed. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9925. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0925
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