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The new first grade teacher, Miss Caroline, made Scout's first day at school a confusing one when she discovered that her student could read--and well. But in Miss Caroline's mind, this was not a good thing. She was the teacher, and first graders were supposed to be taught to read in school. She stupidly declares that "You're father does not know how to teach." When Scout returned home that night, she tried to convince Atticus that she did not want to return to school. But Atticus knew better, and his common sense and respect for his fellow man (and young women) surfaced once again.
"If you'll concede the necessity of going to school, we'll go on reading every night just as we always have. Is it a bargain?"
He reminded Scout not to mention their agreement to Miss Caroline, for fear that "our activities would be received with considerable disapprobation by the more learned authorities."
When Scout asked what he meant, he told her that he "wouldn't want her after me."
Miss Caroline , Scout's new teacher, does not feel that Atticus is leaching Scout to read the correct way. She tells Scout that she has to tell her daddy to stop reading with her. She says she will teach Scout to read from now on. Scout is upset and goes home and tells Atticus what Miss Caroline had said. Scout does no want to go to school many more and wants to be taught at home. Atticus makes a deal with Scout.
"If you'll concede the necessity of going to school, we'll go on reading every night just as we always have. Is it a bargain?"(31)
what chapter is when Atticus taught scout to read
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