Why is Dickens' Hard Times still relevant to a contemporary audience?

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I am going to pivot a bit here and argue that Dickens' work is really important for teachers. Mr. Gradgrind is the modern embodiment of a teacher who only believes in a form of high stakes standardized assessment.  Gradgrind believes in "facts, not fancy" and teaches in this manner without any deviation.  In the modern discourse of education, we can see similar strains in school districts and administration that places inordinate value...

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