There are several things that an author can write about that make the story come more
alive. If you are to escape the harsh realities of the middle and lower classes in the Victorian
Era, you can write about what you wish your life could be like. In the story “Hard Times” by
Charles Dickens, the school teacher specifically says, “Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these
boys and girls nothing but facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.” (999) If that is correct, why do
the students make the decisions they make today where they don’t just want the facts. If every
teacher was to just give the students the facts and didn’t make it any fun or relatable, are they
really learning what’s important?
First of all, the school teacher makes the life of the students more miserable by saying
that all they need are the facts. “You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts:
nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own
children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to the Facts, sir!” (999)
The Principal or teacher are only wanting the children of the school to learn about the facts and
not remember all the things that may or may not have been proven differently. If that is right,
why do we still go to school today? If we only know about the facts, do you really need an
education for that? I think that it would be easier to look at the Facts given and reason with
them, and memorize the points of each one, which would only take a little bit of time.
Second of all, the characters in the story are almost afraid of the teacher Mr. Thomas
Gradgrind. He makes the children really think about a description of something and explain it.
The only problem with doing that is that the poor children can’t use...