How would you Scout's experience at school, in particular her interactions and relationship with Miss Caroline?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Scout has an awful experience on her first day of school in Miss Caroline's class. Miss Caroline tells Scout that she can no longer read with her father and forbids Scout from writing at home after she catches Scout penning a letter to Dill during a class activity. After Scout fails to explain why Walter Cunningham Jr. will not accept Miss Caroline's quarter, Miss Caroline "punishes" Scout by giving her a half a dozen pats on the palm. Scout's negative school experience is Lee's way of commenting on the rigid, inefficient educational system. Instead of fostering Scout's unique talent and interest in reading and writing, Miss Caroline impedes Scout's learning. Miss Caroline views Scout with contempt and is annoyed at her behavior. Scout's feelings are mutual, and she feels discriminated against for knowing how to read and write. Scout and Miss Caroline do not have a healthy relationship and Scout even petitions Atticus to allow her to stay home instead of attending school.

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout and her teacher, Miss Caroline, have a strained relationship. Miss Caroline is new to the area and doesn't fit in very well. Scout doesn't make things easier for her when she steps in to explain the situation with Walter's lunch. In fact, Scout doesn't make things easy for Miss Caroline in many other situations as well. Miss Caroline also has trouble teaching Scout because she is already ahead of her classmates. Atticus has taught Scout to read. Miss Caroline's teaching method is dependent upon the students following her specific formula for learning to read. Since Scout is so far ahead, Miss Caroline has trouble instructing her and controlling her behavior.
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