A century ago, there were no classes in astronomy in any of our grade schools or high schools. Yet anyone could tell you why you might build your house with the windows facing south, and why the planets seemed to move, and why, above the Tropic of Cancer, we never will see our shadows directly under our feet, and what the latitudes on a map have to do with where the North Star is in the middle of September. Now we have plenty of units and classes on astronomy, and our students are as familiar with the sky as Iowa farmers are with oarlocks and topmasts.
-Anthony Esolen, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, 35.
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