What do you think of Ms. Caroline as a teacher?What do you think of Ms. Caroline as a teacher? Can you find qualities which make her good or not so good at her job?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I agree with Jamie.  I didn't like her techniques and her refusal to allow students to do things beyond when the teacher or state says they will learn them.  There is such a thing as differentiated curriculum, and you must make adjustments for students who are more advanced than the present curriculum as well as for those who are behind it.  Ms. Caroline is determined to make all of her students round pegs to fit in the round holes...but some of them are square pegs and need different holes into which to fit...

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Miss Caroline is definitely not a good teacher.  Although she purports to know the latest techinques taught her in college, there is more to being a good teacher than just rote knowledge.

Miss Caroline is haughty, prejudicial, and arrogant.  For example, when Scout has the gall to acknowledge her reading skills, and tells Miss Caroline that she is basically self-taught, Miss Caroline all but calls the girl a liar.  "Let's not let our imaginations run away with us dear," she says.  Her dislike of Atticus is apparent; it is he whom she blames for Scout's advancement that makes her appear to be unnecessary:  "Now you tell your father not to teach you anymore," she demands.

Beyond these reprehensive actions, Miss Caroline proves that she is cruel as well as prejudiced.  She humiliates the Cunningham boy who is too poor to bring his lunch to school.  When she notices a "Ewell" on her roles, she seizes the chance to make the already beaten-down child feel even less worthy. 

"I want you to go home and wash your hair," she tells Burris Ewell. 

...

"What fer, missus?"

"To get rid of the --er, cooties...And Burris, please bathe yourself before you come back tomorrow."

What a surprise that degredation does not win the child over! But that is not what Miss Caroline ever wanted.  She cares more about herself and her ideal of being a teacher than she would ever care about her students. 

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meggy3000 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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I think Miss Caroline Fisher is an arrogant, ignorant teacher. For example she humiliates Walter Cunningham who is too poor to bring lunch to school and inappropriately tells Scout to stop learning to read and write from her father. She cares more about herself and her ideal of being a teacher than she would ever care about her students. On the other hand, there are some positives about Miss Caroline. As she is young and has just finished college, she has learnt the latest teaching methods. 

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

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What do you think of Ms. Caroline as a teacher?

What do you think of Ms. Caroline as a teacher? Can you find qualities which make her good or not so good at her job?

well first she doesn't know how to treat the students right.

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