Why I teach this class

“I find that the rising generation in this town do not know what an oak or a pine is, having seen only inferior specimens.  Shall we hire a man to lecture on botany, on oaks for instance, our noblest plants – while we permit others to cut down the few best specimens of these trees that are left? It is like teaching children Latin and Greek while we burn the books printed in those languages.”

Thoreau, Huckleberries

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