The world belongs to me because I understand it,” declared Balzac (Bloom, 1987).
Taken positively, this means that the world and the fullness of its possibilities is open to me. Taken negatively, this means that the world and the fullness of its possibilities is closed to me. Further, that I am vulnerable to those who would take advantage of me, and if I am lucky, this will only cost me money.
For our children, the odds of learning to understand the world are stacked against them, at least in school. […]