One theme that has resonated with me in class is the desire and drive for an education. A lot of the readings that we have discussed in class showed how people were oppressed and had to fight for the right to receive an education or even to read. In, “Learning to Read and Growing in Knowledge,” we see how Frederick Douglass was being taught to read by his master’s wife until his master found out. His desire to learn is greatly shown in this piece when he talks about how much reading meant to him and how knowledge is the key to ending their oppression. We also see how reading is taken away from the cigar makers in, “Exercises in the Restoration of History,” when the lectoras are told that they could not come to the factory anymore. They valued the readings so much that they went on strike in hopes of their return. Frankie Mae also had to put working in the fields before her education. I feel as though education is not appreciated the way it should be and even today we can see how there are people that are not able to receive a good education. I believe that when we appreciate the value of our education we can succeed and there are no limits to what we can accomplish.
Ashley Wakeham: Education