Missed Step One? Find it here.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Beverly Sills – American Operatic Singer
Let’s use our superhuman powers to argue against Beverly Sills
Counterclaim: Perhaps it’s true that there are great rewards for enduring a long process which culminates in some sort of achievement. But it is also true that sometimes good things can come to you if you cut corners. Take getting a job promotion for example. Sometimes, rather than work your way up over a long period time, it’s useful to network and schmooze your way into a promotion, even if your qualifications don’t match those who have been there longer. Or to take a more dramatic example; let’s say you cheat your way into getting a good test score, which positions you to get that scholarship to the university you’ve dreamed about. Well, you got into the school and you are closer to success, yet you got there by following the shorter path.
Essential Question: If you can cut corners to achieve success, should you?
Start the conversation with students about the perils and possibilities of cutting corners to get what you want. Then– connect the conversation to something in your curriculum where somebody had to cut corners to achieve a goal that would otherwise have taken much longer.