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Can someone give an analysis of Thomas Gradgrind in Charles Dickens' "Hard Times"?

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I think that Dickens uses his teacher character of Gradgrind to reflect many of the problems in the British educational system.  A strict utilitarian who is driven by calculations and profitable ends, he believes that education should be comprised of "fact, not fancy."  This sentiment compels him to drive into his students in Coketown a fact based curriculum where acquisition is critical and more acquisition is the purpose of education.  If we look at this idea, there is much here to analyze.  The first is that education should not simply consist of the education of facts. ...

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