ERIC Number: EJ1110271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
The Homeschooling of Scout Finch
Kelley, James B.
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v19 n4 p451-457 2012
Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of the most widely taught texts in language arts classrooms through the English-speaking world and is greatly valued by many readers today for its depiction of youth grappling with racism in the American South of the Depression Era. However, the novel's subtle and sustained critique of public education has remained largely unrecognised. This essay identifies in the novel an underlying nostalgia for the past homeschooling of Southern white aristocracy as well as disdain for modern public institutions and for the democratic values that those institutions seek to instill in youth.
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Literature, Novels, Racial Bias, Criticism, Public Education, Whites, Advantaged, Democratic Values, English Instruction, Language Arts, African American Education, Social Class, Social Differences
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama
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