1. In chapter 2, Scout is having a rough first day of school and meets up with Jem on the playground to vent about her terrible day. Jem attempts to comfort Scout by telling her,
"Our teacher says Miss Caroline’s introducing a new way of teaching. She learned about it in college. It’ll be in all the grades soon. You don’t have to learn much out of books that way—it’s like if you wanta learn about cows, you go milk one, see?" (Lee, 18).
When Scout responds by saying that she is not interested in cows, Jem displays his childhood innocence by saying,
"I’m just trying to tell you the new way they’re teachin' the first grade, stubborn. It’s the Dewey Decimal System" (Lee, 18).
Clearly, Jem has no idea what the Dewey Decimal System is and assumes that it has to do with Miss Caroline's experimental teaching style.
2. After the children attend their first Sunday service at First Purchase African M. E. Church, Scout asks Calpurnia several questions concerning the Tom Robinson case. Scout...
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