It has the potential to be a great equity equalizer, ensuring that all kids in America have an equal shot at success and a productive life. Because public education involves all kids, it has an opportunity to promote great diversity not only in the composition of its students but also in getting kids exposed to a wide array of different experiences, especially when schools throw open their classroom doors to learning about the world.
Daedalus begins with an artillery bombardment on
the Western Front, the shell bursts nonchalantly annihilating
the human protagonists who are supposed to
be in charge of the battle. This opening scene epitomizes
Haldane's hard-headed view of war. And likewise
at the end, when the biologist in his laboratory, "just a
poor little scrubby underpaid man groping blindly amid
the mazes of the ultramicroscopic," is transfigured into
the mythical figure of Daedalus, "conscious of his
ghastly mission ...