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How does Scout feel about starting school in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Posted April 24, 2013 at 7:04 PM via web

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How does Scout feel about starting school in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM (Answer #1)

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Scout wanted to go to school desperately, and was very excited about starting.

Scout was very much looking forward to joining her brother and the other kids at school.

I never looked forward more to anything in my life. Hours of wintertime had found me in the treehouse, looking over at the schoolyard, spying on multitudes of children through a two-power telescope Jem had given me ...(ch 2)

Scout was a bright child, and already knew how to read when she started first grade.  Sadly, school was not a positive experience for her.  She got in trouble on the first day, and from then on had constant misunderstandings with her teacher.  After that, Scout did not want to go to school and even tried to get Atticus to take her out.

Scout never really appreciates school, and it continues to be a disappointment for her.

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