Although Atticus did not want his children in court, he defends Jem's right to know what has happened. Explain Atticus' reasons for this .

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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Atticus' reasoning is very simple and comes from his desire to treat his children maturely so they will act maturely. The town has been abuzz about the trial for a while, and Atticus believes the children (especially Jem, who is starting to grow up and realize the implications of some of these events) have a right to know what's going on--what their father is doing, why he's doing it, why the rest of the town is so against it. Atticus believes that if he is honest with his children and inspires intelligence and understanding, they will rise to meet these expectations. Atticus never wants the kids to believe the little lies that parents tell children just because the children aren't old enough.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Jem is growing up and Atticus believes that his children should be talked to intelligently. With the town going crazy over this case, he believes that maybe it is time for the children to listen to the real Maycomb. He also believes that this will lead the children to have a new approach to the situation. 

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mynamehere123 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Atticus' reasoning is very simple and comes from his desire to treat his children maturely so they will act maturely. The town has been abuzz about the trial for a while, and Atticus believes the children (especially Jem, who is starting to grow up and realize the implications of some of these events) have a right to know what's going on--what their father is doing, why he's doing it, why the rest of the town is so against it. Atticus believes that if he is honest with his children and inspires intelligence and understanding, they will rise to meet these expectations. Atticus never wants the kids to believe the little lies that parents tell children just because the children aren't old enough.

 

 

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