Examine how Dickens introduces the stifling conditions of the educational system through this novel Hard Times.

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The educational system is presented in Hard Times as narrow and uninspiring, based upon nothing more than the dissemination of facts. In the dull, deadening curriculum delivered to the letter by Mr. Gradgrind there is no room for imagination or creative thinking. What he wants are facts, and plenty of them. Dickens paints a suitably grim picture of formal education that is thoroughly utilitarian, that is to say concerned with nothing more than producing a...

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