Why does Jem not want anything to do with Scout at school? Is his behavior typical of an older child?
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Jem didn't want to be bothered or embarrassed by his little sister at school. This is very typical of older siblings.
When we slowed to a walk at the edge of the schoolyard, Jem was careful to explain that during school hours I was not to bother him, I was not to approach him with requests to enact a chapter of Tarzan and the Ant Men, to embarrass him with references to his private life, or tag along behind him at recess and noon. I was to stick with the first grade and he would stick with the fifth. In short, I was to leave him alone.
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