What is ironic about Miss Caroline's treatment of scout?

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crmhaske eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Miss Caroline scolds Scout for using her imagination, and yet, that is exactly what Miss Caroline has been encouraging the children in the class to do.  Use their imaginations.  It seems ironic that Miss Caroline would encourage it in one instance, and discourage it in another.  She also treats Scout's stronger ability to read compared to her classmates with disdain rather than encouragement.  As an educator you would expect Miss Caroline to encourage Scout's passion for reading and the help her father provides her, but instead she shoots it down and tells her to stop reading with her father.

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