Mr. Gradgrind 's Philosophy Of Teaching Essay

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Although Mr. Gradgrind 's philosophy of teaching nothing but absolute fact and truth to both boys and girls pushes for equality between the sexes, Dickens ' stereotyping of Victorian ideals of femininity proves that women should abide by these ideals in order to counterbalance the hardness of men during the industrialization. This is shown by the very different characters of Louisa Gradgrind and Sissy Jupe and exemplified by Mrs. Gradgrind 's final words to Louisa while on her deathbed. Charles Dickens ' Hard Times begins with a caricature of Thomas Gradgrind, a man who believes in utilitarianism, and his sentiments upon teaching the youth of Coketown, England.
Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the mind of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. (Dickens, 3)
These opening lines effectively sum up Mr. Gradgrind 's philosophy of utilitarianism. His goal is to eradicate fancy, such as emotion and imagination, from those around him as. He believes that an education based on fact will create what he believes to be, persons of “realities […] facts and calculations,” (5) like himself, to both boys and girls as stated in the passage. In order to do so, he creates a school, of which he is the superintendent, where a teacher is employed to teach nothing but facts to the village children enrolled in this…

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