Skipping Steps: A Homeschooling Dialogue
By Bryan Caplan
Father: Sorry, you got another problem wrong. Do you know why?
Son: [aggravated silence]
Father: Because you skipped steps!
Son: [further silence]
Father: Is it ever OK to skip steps?
Father: Wrong! It is OK to skip steps… when you are a master.
Son: And I’m not a master.
Father: You are not yet a master. Do you know how you become a master?
Father: By following the steps.
Son: I follow the steps, until I don’t need to follow the steps anymore?
Father: Exactly. Now start over, and follow the steps.