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Education in To Kill a Mockingbird

Updated on February 13, 2013
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The Theme of Education in Part 1

One of the themes in the first part of the book addresses education-its value, how it's delivered, etc. Since the educational system of Maycomb leaves much to be desired-Scout gets into trouble for knowing how to read and right ahead of her classmates. The school may not like it, but Atticus and Calpurnia have taken measures to provide an ideal education for their kids into their own hands. The education these two provide teaches Jem and Scout valuable life lessons that they can carry on for the rest of their lives. The following are just some of the many educational examples found in part 1 in "To Kill A Mockingbird."

Educational Examples

Early on, Scout complains of never wanting to go to school again; Atticus makes a deal that combats the situation. Atticus will read to Scout every night, so long as she continues with her education at school. This in effect teaches Scout how to read and love books more than your average kid. Calpurnia has Scout copying out chapters of the bible with the reward of sandwiches only rarely, as her writing has to be near perfect in the eyes of Calpurnia. Scout permenantly develops the skill of being able to write. Calpurnia teaches Scout that it isn't right to tell people how to do something always their way. This happened when Walter Cunningham was eating differently at their table. At the very end of part one, Atticus teaches Scout and Jem what true courage is after Mrs. Duboe's death.

When Scout came home from being made fun of at school about her daddy defending Tom Robinson; Atticus once again delivers in his teachings of education. He tells her to put herself in the bullies shoes and imagine the kind of environment they were raised in. After all, if you grew up with a prejudice family, you're probably going to follow up after your parents. Atticus also teaches Jem and Scout how you should always stand up for what you believe is right. Just because the people around you hate blacks, doesn't mean that you have to join in with them, don't allow the peer pressure to take its hold.


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In Conclusion

You probably don't have to many parents out there that teach their kind of life lessons. Atticus and Calpurnia are teaching them through what life will be like in the future, stuff that will stay with them forever. Life would be a better place if we had people out their who would implement this kind of learning around the world. Hopefully, we can walk away from this book having learned a thing or two that we can carry for the rest of our lives.

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