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

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

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

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

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, our current educational model seems to have understood where Gradgrind’s failures lie.  We are now much more open to teaching “the whole child” and embracing other methodologies that are willing to place facts and factual learning in a context of critical thought.  It is interesting in the United States, though, to examine Gradgrind’s model of teaching to the current federal mandate of No Child Left Behind, a formula for determining educational success through percentages and standardized tests.  Given how some school districts have had to cut back funding for co- curricular activities such as the arts, perhaps Gradgrind’s vision is more present than we would like to admit.
How did you feel about Mr. Gradgrind’s theory of education?
How did you feel about Mr. Gradgrind’s theory of education?
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How did you feel about Mr. Gradgrind’s theory of education?
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