Study Guide

Having Our Say Education

By Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth

Education

Yes, yes, we know that you hate school—we wish you'd stop complaining about it so much. You know, there are tons of people out there who would kill for the educational opportunities you take for granted. Just look at Having Our Say. Throughout the book, we're shown just how important education can be, whether it's helping someone live longer or giving them the tools they need to provide for their family. So next time you don't want to go to school, just visit this page and think about what the Delany sisters would have to say. If you talked that sort of nonsense to Bessie, you'd never hear the end of it.

Questions About Education

  1. In what ways does the Delanys' literacy help them rise up the social ladder?
  2. How does the sisters' childhood at St. Aug's affect their feelings on education?
  3. Does the sisters' race affect their schooling experience? Why or why not?
  4. Why does Henry place such a strong emphasis on education?

Chew on This

Although Having Our Say places an importance on literacy and trade skills, it pegs basic domestic science as one of the most useful tools in a teacher's arsenal.

The journey of the Delany family shows us that access to a good education is the pathway to greater prosperity.