The first step is to train abilities
Inculcating essential human skills,
The many kinds of useful literacies
Our earliest curriculum instills.
The second step is knowing what’s to know
Surveying the wide range of study’s ken,
Deciding in this field what rows you’ll hoe
Of Who, of How, of What, of Where, of When.
The third step is at last to realize
The value of this whole noble pursuit,
Which aims above all else at growing wise,
Since Wisdom is the highest human fruit:
To know what is of value and to make
It real is what we do for wisdom’s sake.