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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Education (1424)

1424 items
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
Students graduating from Denson High at Jerome, Arkansas (ddr-csujad-52-13)
img Students graduating from Denson High at Jerome, Arkansas (ddr-csujad-52-13)
A photograph of the graduating class at Denson High. The caption that ran in the June 19, 1987 Long Beach Press-Telegram reads, "These few paragraphs, titled 'The Real Test,' were included in a small, hand-drawn pamphlet that served as the yearbook for the members of Denson High, the Jerome Relocation Center school where Sumi (Seo) Seki …
Schedule of classes (ddr-csujad-55-1609)
doc Schedule of classes (ddr-csujad-55-1609)
Schedule of upcoming night school classes at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. List includes class, instructor, place, and time. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1611
Two of the seven high school wings at Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-55-2207)
img Two of the seven high school wings at Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-55-2207)
Black and white photograph depicting two of the seven high school building wings taken from the roof of gym facing fire station 1 at Tule Lake incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2310
Sketch of Tri-State High (ddr-csujad-55-118)
img Sketch of Tri-State High (ddr-csujad-55-118)
Illustration of Tri-State High School at Tule Lake incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0120
Attendance records and reports procedure (ddr-csujad-55-1777)
doc Attendance records and reports procedure (ddr-csujad-55-1777)
Student records and attendance report procedures at Poston incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1780
Digest: Washington Conference, WRA Superintendents of Education, March 20-25, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1693)
doc Digest: Washington Conference, WRA Superintendents of Education, March 20-25, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1693)
Report from the Washington conference of WRA superintendents of education. Contents include "Problems We Face", "Next Steps for WRA", "Legal Framework of WRA Schools", "Relocation Seminar", "Reading Materials for non-English Speaking Evacuees", "Americanization", "Atypical Education Planning", "Elementary Education", "Secondary Education", "Higher Education", "Teacher Education", "Suggestive Activity Growing Out of the Washington Conference", and "Educational Topics for …
Education Committee, Amache Co-op (ddr-csujad-55-1539)
img Education Committee, Amache Co-op (ddr-csujad-55-1539)
Black and white photographic portrait of the Education Committee of Amache Consumer Enterprises at the Amache incarceration camp. Includes, from left to right, T. Konno, G. Mitani, T. Miyamoto, and T. Terami. From Amache Co-op Souvenir Album, page 6. See also sac_jaac_1530 through sac_jaac_1589. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Journey into yesterday: the way we were: reunion Poston II High School class of 1943, '44, '45 (ddr-csujad-55-2721)
doc Journey into yesterday: the way we were: reunion Poston II High School class of 1943, '44, '45 (ddr-csujad-55-2721)
Pamphlet of Poston II High School reunion, class of 1943, 1944, and 1945. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2885
Recommendations by the Committee on Vocational Training, War Relocation Authority, Community Management Division, Education Section (ddr-csujad-55-1698)
doc Recommendations by the Committee on Vocational Training, War Relocation Authority, Community Management Division, Education Section (ddr-csujad-55-1698)
Report and recommendations by the Committee on Vocational Training regarding. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1700
Sentinel supplement (February 6, 1945): Lesson VI (ddr-csujad-55-667)
doc Sentinel supplement (February 6, 1945): Lesson VI (ddr-csujad-55-667)
Lesson for native Japanese speakers covering topics taught in the adult English class at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Covers nominatives, genitives, datives, accusatives, vocatives, and personal pronouns in the English language. This is an excerpt from a special issue of "Heart Mountain sentinel" Japanese section, no. 275. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Teaching materials on the defense of democracy (ddr-csujad-55-1737)
doc Teaching materials on the defense of democracy (ddr-csujad-55-1737)
List of educational pamphlets on the topic "democracy." Includes descriptions and prices. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1739
Commencement program, Federal High School; Federal Elementary graduation; Commencement program (ddr-csujad-55-1419)
doc Commencement program, Federal High School; Federal Elementary graduation; Commencement program (ddr-csujad-55-1419)
Scrapbook page containing programs for the Federal Elementary and High School graduation ceremonies at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. For programs, see sac_jaac_1422, sac_jaac_1423, and sac_jaac_1424. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 76. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Attendance, Drake Room II (ddr-csujad-55-1758)
doc Attendance, Drake Room II (ddr-csujad-55-1758)
School attendance record for Drake Room II at Poston incarceration camp on May 10, 194?. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1760
Senior banquet, May 15, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1828)
doc Senior banquet, May 15, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1828)
Program for the Poston II High School Senior Banquet at Poston incarceration camp. Includes menu, program schedule, and acknowledgements. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1831
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