Talk about separate and unequal: Great Faith Elementary and Secondary School (the African-American school) is lacking all of the necessary things that Jefferson Davis County School (the white school) seems to have. Despite this, the Logan family takes education seriously: it's a way for the Logan children to have a better future. "Be Cool...Stay in School" is definitely one of the Logan family's mottos.
Education doesn't seem to be the magic bullet for getting ahead. For example, Mrs. Logan is an educated teacher, but the family is still very poor.
Taylor shows us that some of the most important lessons in life cannot be learned in a classroom.