How did you feel about Mr. Gradgrind's theory of education?

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Dickens' creation of Gradgrind's teaching style seems to be a direct indictment of capitalism and a world where acquisition is the sole driving force.  Gradgrind's mantra of "facts, not fancy" and his lack of developing an emotional affect in his students, his children, helps to create a setting where the acquiring of capital and the failure to acknowledge other forms of the good is present.  This ends up having fairly disastrous emotional consequences in the end of the work, as the children become adults who lie or steal and who become emotionally impotent in being able to deal with the challenges that consciousness offers.  In a larger sense,...

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