After Scout's rough first day of school, she comes home and laments to her father about her difficult situation. Scout begs Atticus to allow her not to go to school and mentions that Miss Caroline prohibits her from reading books at home with him. Atticus then makes a compromise with his daughter by agreeing to secretly read to her if she attends school. Before Scout leaves the house, Atticus tells her,
"By the way, Scout, you’d better not say anything at school about our agreement...I’m afraid our activities would be received with considerable disapprobation by the more learned authorities" (Lee, 32).
Atticus does not want Scout to tell Miss Caroline about their agreement because he does not want to upset her teacher. Atticus realizes that Miss Caroline is being ridiculous by prohibiting Scout from reading at home but is also wary to not upset her, which would only cause Scout more grief. Atticus also does not want to come across as arrogant or superior by openly criticizing Miss Caroline's teaching methods and blatantly disobeying her orders. By bending the rules and making a secret compromise with Scout, Atticus is demonstrates his independent, considerate nature. Atticus understands that the compromise will motivate his daughter to attend school and is one of his many decisions that depict him as a thoughtful parent.