Describe Scout's teacher, Miss Caroline Fisher. What is irrational about her teaching methods?

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Miss Caroline Fisher was, indeed, Scout's teacher. The first detail that we should point out was that she was a young teacher. According to the book, she was only twenty one years old. Apparently she just graduated college or took some classes in college. Furthermore, she thought that she learned better ways in college to teach children. So, when she put the alphabet on the board, and she learned that Scout already knew how to read, she told Scout to tell her father not to teach her to read anymore. 

This sentiment of Miss Fisher is ridiculous. How can a teacher discourage reading? She just discouraged the most intelligent student in the class. 

After this incident, Miss Caroline asked Scout to read stock-market quotations from the Mobile Register! What teacher makes a child read stock quotes?

Finally, when Scout was writing in class (in script), Miss Caroline yelled at her again and said that she should not be so advanced. Scout should start writing in third grade. Here is the quote:

Miss Caroline caught me writing and told me to tell my father to stop teaching me. “Besides,” she said. “We don’t write in the first grade, we print. You won’t learn to write until you’re in the third grade.”

In short, Miss Caroline stultifies learning. 

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