Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has many life lessons. Although her thought on education stood out to me. Standard education has its pros and cons. There is always the question is public education a great choice of schooling. In To Kill a Mockingbird education is exemplified with public education, one on one teaching, higher educated and lower educated children.
There are many down falls to a public education. At first scout was exited to go to school with her brother and others at school she was also very intelligent. “I would be starting school in a week. I never looked forward more to anything in my life.” (14). Scout's first grade teacher makes her feel bad about being able to read, when she should feel proud that she can read and write at such a young age. Scout even apologizes and referred to her ability as a crime. "'Your father does not know how to teach. You can have a seat now. 'I mumbled that I was sorry and retired meditating upon my crime."(17). Public education downgrades on those of higher standards.
Public education has a way of discriminating children. Scout hates school because in many ways it actually inhibits her learning. Her teacher is appalled that she already knows how to read, instead of celebrating that fact. She is bored waiting for the rest of the class to catch up to her skill level. “…She discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste. Miss Caroline told me to tell my father not to teach me anymore, it would interfere with my reading.”(16). Public education teaches at the lowest level. Which means kids with a lower intelligence level are lacking, and those with a higher intelligence level are stuck wanting to go on but can’t.
One on one education can be a big help to many children. It’s a big factor when the kids aren’t learning what they need to learn, even when some children already know the things that they are teaching. Miss Caroline's teaching style is the Dewey system "The...
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