Ineffective Forms Of Education In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Effective and Ineffective Forms of Education
The public school system can be ineffective and closed-minded. Moral and social understanding is a skill the school system is unable to teach. In Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout learn many life lessons through their relationship with their father, Atticus.When Scout starts first grade, Maycomb's school system is portrayed as stubborn and powerless. The teachers she has throughout the novel seem to be unable to educate children, including teaching them life lessons. Lee suggests a person's education comes from life experiences rather than through the school system.
Throughout the novel, Lee portrays the classroom as an obstacle to education, rather than a catalyst for learning. Scout has several negative classroom experiences throughout the novel. When she starts first grade, Miss Caroline, her new teacher, reprimands her for being able to read and write. Scout describes, “She discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste” (24). Instead of encouraging and fostering Scout’s advanced abilities, Miss Caroline forbids her from reading and writing at home. Throughout this scene, Scout is shown struggling to communicate with someone who is not open-minded, unlike her father. Miss Caroline and Scout have many disagreements in the classroom. The teacher eventually loses control of the students and does not know how to handle the situation. These scenes from the first day of school

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