"Stick to Facts, sir!'..."
See in text (Book The First - Sowing - Chapter I - The One Thing Needful)
Thomas Gradgrind runs a school founded on the philosophy of rationalism, which happens to be his philosophy for child-rearing. Creativity and imagination are discouraged; the only things that matter are provable by observation and personal experience. Gradgrind's obsession with facts has tremendous consequences later in the book, especially on his own children.
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