Discuss just what Gradgrind and the others appear to mean by “facts.”

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Gradgrind and the education he embodies emphasizes "quantifiable" and accurate detail.  This stress of factual knowledge lies mostly in being able to reduce all of learning to equations, formulas, and succinct understandings that deny multiple notions of expression.  The desire to engage in expression that is not rooted in fact is seen as "Fancy," or something that does not amount to value.  Gradgrind is a utilitarian who believes in "the greatest good for the greatest number."  Facts can benefit more people than supposed "fancy."  It is a very rationalist...

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