The Effect Of Different Forms Of Education

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Akul Arora
Mrs. Christopher
Honors English 1: Period 5
29 October 2015
The Effect of Different Forms of Education
As Mark Twain once stated, “I’ve never let my school interfere with my education.” Education is thought of as the knowledge one receives in a classroom; however, in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows that real education happens outside of the classroom. In Lee’s novel, the main characters, Jem and Scout, learn valuable lessons from their father, Atticus Finch, as well as their community, and this unconventional education as they come of age teaches them multiple valuable life lessons. This is especially seen in their small southern town, called Maycomb, when it faces a case of white versus black during the 1930s, and through this Jem and Scout learn about the racism and prejudice in their community. Even though Jem and Scout also go to school and receive a formal education, it is useless compared to the education they receive outside of school. Thus, through the indirect characterization of Jem and Scout, Lee demonstrates that what one learns within a classroom is not essential; the education one receives from experience, is necessary and more valuable.
The traditional education school system, as shown by Scout, is flawed and wastes resources. For example, when Scout’s first grade teacher, Miss Caroline, catches Scout writing a letter on the first day of school, she reprimands her for learning to write from her father: “Miss Caroline caught me…
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