John Dewey’s perspective on education speaks volumes in the following quote.”Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” In the book How To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Scout’s education was not just limited to school. Atticus, Calpurnia and Boo Radley have taught Scout many things that school could not of.
Calpurnia helped Scout learn how to be a young respectful women. She helped her with her manners. Calpurnia: “There’s some folks that don’t eat like us,” she whispered fiercely, “but you ain’t called on to contradict ’em at the table when they don’t. That boy’s yo’ comp’ny and if he wants to eat up the tablecloth you let him, you hear?”Scout: “He ain’t company, Cal, he’s just a Cunningham—“Calpurnia: “Hush your mouth! Don’t matter who they are anybody sets foot in this house;s yo’ comp’ny, and don’t you let me catch you remarkin’ on their ways like you was so high and mighty! Yo’ folks might be better’n the Cunninghams but it don’t count for nothin’ the way you’re discgracin’ ’em—if you can’t act fit to eat at the table you can just set here and ear in the kitchen!” Atticus taught Scout about tolerance and not to judge other people because race or how they grew up. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his/her point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus said. Atticus also tells Jem and Scout to leave Boo Radley alone and to put themselves into his situation, would they want children running around on their properties? Boo helped Scout learn not to judge someone just because you heard a rumor.
Boo proves he is a nice person by sewing Jem’s pants when he was sneaking around his property. Even though Boo seemed scary he just wanted friends. He put chewing gum, grey twine, girl and boy dolls carved out of soap, a medal, a watch and pennies. Boo proves the rumors about him wrong. This is why I believe Scout learned so much more outside of school because all the influences she had.. She learned respect from Calpurnia and Tolerance from Atticus. Scout has learned many other things from many other people she met.