"Education Rules" in to Kill a Mockingbird

Topics: Education, Teacher, School Pages: 3 (830 words) Published: February 22, 2004
Education: Not Only Taught at School

"Education!" Back in the earlier day's education was somewhat hard to get in the classrooms. Most folks received their education from their parents. In this story, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus, Scout, and Calpurnia are connected to the theme on how education isn't limited to the classroom but plays a major role in a person's life.

First of all, Atticus Finch represents the theme on how education isn't limited to the classroom, but plays an important part in their lives. Atticus grew up in Finches's landing and took a career in law enforcement. He had served in the state legislature for many years. Now he is a lawyer, who defends people, and the town people just love him. Atticus and Uncle Jack were both taught at home, and they both grew up knowing basically everything. In this story, Atticus had been teaching Scout, his daughter, how to read at home. This was an important lesson because it got Scout ready for school. Atticus stated, "I never went to school, but I have a feeling that if you tell Miss Caroline we read every night she'll get after me, and I wouldn't want her after me"(pg32). This quote refers to Atticus teaching Scout how to read and Miss Caroline, Scout's teacher, doesn't like how Scout already knows how to read. Another example on how Atticus' education comes in place is during the trial of Tom Robinson. He made the people of the town and the jurors think twice before making their decision on the case. All in all, Atticus never went to school, but received his education from home and used that education in important times of people's lives, as well as his own.

Secondly, Scout Finch demonstrates this theme. Scout learns how to read and write at home from both Atticus and Calpurnia. Scout learns an important lesson about people from Atticus. Atticus had told Scout that "You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in...
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