What is Scout's education in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?What does she learn from different people and events?How does the writer show Scout's education?

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Scout grows up and extends her education outside of the classroom as the novel progresses. First, Scout sees the hypocrisy in life. Scout's teacher is upset because Atticus taught his daughter to read. The teacher cautions her against this, because he is not a teacher. Obviously,  her father is an educated man, and the fact that Scout is ahead of the others should point to his effectiveness. But, Scout's teacher believes learning should take place only within the classroom.

Scout learns that her childish games were hurtful to Boo, and learns that it is important not to pass judgement on someone without knowing the facts or the person. She learns that justice is a concept that is not always carried out. The unfairness of life is apparent to her, when she learns that the color of ones skin causes one to have fewer rights.

The outcome of the trial showed her the reality of this knowledge, but it also showed her the necessity of fighting the injustice of racial inequity. Scout learns to see her father as more than just her dad, but as a man of integrity. That much in life is not as it seems.

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