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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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Looking ahead (ddr-csujad-48-8)
doc Looking ahead (ddr-csujad-48-8)
Term paper by Betty Hashimoto for period III Social Problems class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Before being sent to Manzanar, Betty had planned to attend Woodbury Business College and then get a job as a receptionist with solid accounting skills. Betty briefly mentions a need for the Nisei …
My future in the post-war America (ddr-csujad-48-7)
doc My future in the post-war America (ddr-csujad-48-7)
Term paper by Jogi Yamaguchi for period III Social Problems class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Jogi first discusses the choice he had to face in staying in America or leaving for Japan. He knows life in the US will be difficult and doesn't think he will ever see …
Log of books checked out by students, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-112)
doc Log of books checked out by students, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-112)
Log of books checked out by seventeen students for a course taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. The authors include Jennie Hall, Beatty, Robinson, and Louise M. Mohr. Several of the names have been crossed out. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9921. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Program of control in one's school room (ddr-csujad-48-106)
doc Program of control in one's school room (ddr-csujad-48-106)
Title: "A Program of Control in One's School Room." Report by Lois Hosford on the methods of control in a classroom. The author identifies school as another phase of community life, in which the teacher aim is training individuals to make a living and live well with others. He discusses a number of essential characteristics for …
Lists of names of staff members at Manzanar incarceration camp written by Harry Bentley Wells (ddr-csujad-48-142)
doc Lists of names of staff members at Manzanar incarceration camp written by Harry Bentley Wells (ddr-csujad-48-142)
Two lists of names of staff members at Manzanar Incarceration Camp written by Harry Bentley Wells. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9952. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0952
Economy class record book (ddr-csujad-48-43)
doc Economy class record book (ddr-csujad-48-43)
Metal comb bound book titled, "Economy Class Record Book," which Harry Bentley Wells used as a grade book while at Manzanar High School. The inside cover includes a key to the marks, the first several pages track attendance, followed by student names and grades for the courses he taught, the back cover has a list of …
Our future (ddr-csujad-48-34)
doc Our future (ddr-csujad-48-34)
Assignment by Mary Mitsuuchi for period 5 Social Problems class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Mary discusses the future for Japanese Americans. She says the day of forced evacuation brought a number of uncertainties. However, those that have left camp for work have found very favorable conditions. Schools have …
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
Memorandum from the Office of the Superintendent to all teachers, February 1, 1943 (ddr-csujad-48-107)
doc Memorandum from the Office of the Superintendent to all teachers, February 1, 1943 (ddr-csujad-48-107)
A memo to all teachers at Manzanar containing an announcement related to Manzanar Education Week, the organization of the Manzanar Rumor Clinic to collate rumors and questions within their classrooms, a reminder to gain permission prior to taking field trips outside of the boundaries of the Manzanar, and several updates on administrative policies. Transcription is found …
Receipt for order of graduation announcements and calling cards from Chalfant Press (ddr-csujad-48-77)
doc Receipt for order of graduation announcements and calling cards from Chalfant Press (ddr-csujad-48-77)
Receipt from Chalfant Press for the order graduation announcements and calling cards for Manzanar High School graduation. Receipt dated March 2, 1943, care of H. Bentley Wells. Marked paid on March 15, 1943 by Todd Watkins. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9077. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0077
Public opinion (ddr-csujad-48-128)
doc Public opinion (ddr-csujad-48-128)
A school assignment completed by Shig Katayama, where he outlines Public Opinion. Section headings include: public opinion, function of public opinion, nature of public opinion, how can public opinion be ascertained, how is public opinion influenced, propaganda, influence of newspaper upon public opinion, influence of radio upon public opinion, other influences, and public opinion and democracy. …
Log of books checked out by students in period IV, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-123)
doc Log of books checked out by students in period IV, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School (ddr-csujad-48-123)
Log of books checked out by thirty-six students in Period 4, taught by Harry Bentley Wells at Manzanar High School. One name has been crossed out. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9932. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0932
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