Whether in relation to our schools, our societies or our species, when taken-for-granted ways of thinking about the future are left unexamined a closure of horizons occurs-futures are foreclosed and ‘inevitabilities’ are confirmed as realism. Our anticipations rebound on what we do or do not do in the present. Our images of the future and those of our children play a crucial part in what we think is real or realisable, what we feel is worth doing or not worth doing. Even if we are not thinking explicitly about the future, we may be making implicit assumptions.