Before school starts, Scout is actually looking forward to the school year. However, it does not take long for her to change her mind. Because her teacher, Miss Caroline, reads a make-believe story about cats that talk and wear clothes, Scout is not impressed. She believes that the students in her class, "most of whom had chopped cotton and fed hogs from the time they were able to walk, were immune to imaginative literature."
Scout is discouraged from reading at home, which she is not happy about. Miss Caroline makes her feel as if she has committed a crime by knowing how to read. Jem explains to Scout that "Miss Caroline’s introducing a new way of teaching." Scout becomes bored with Miss Caroline holding up cards with simple words on them, so she begins a letter to Dill. Once again, Scout is corrected by Miss Caroline for knowing how to write.
Overall, Scout finds current education practices at her school confusing and unlikable. She prefers not to attend school, but Atticus compromises with her. He explains that if she will "concede the necessity of going to school," he will continue to read with her on a nightly basis. Scout accepts the offer.