Education - Honesty
Elizabeth Hamilton, author
education honesty. When character education comes to the word honesty in a
list of character traits, it can make dangerous assumptions. One assumption is
that everyone knows what honesty means. Another assumption is that lies come in
shades ranging from black through a myriad of grays to white. This would mean,
by default, that honesty comes in similar shades. Such assumptions make the teaching
of honesty much more difficult, and make it dishonest.
education honesty. Think about the three words in close relationship. Education
is to teach, not assume. Teaching is to impart knowledge that has been mastered.
This means it has been studied to an extent that no assumptions are made. In the
realm of character education, the knowledge should be modeled as well as mastered.
education in honesty, then, will abstain from the assumptions given above.
As it masters the subject, it will find that lies do not, after all, come in different
shades. A lie is a lie, and should be called by its proper name, not by a nickname
such as "white lie" or "half-truth." And if lies do not come
in different shades, honesty does not come in different shades. One is honest
or dishonest. So what we need is a definition of honesty. What is the meaning
brief, helpful way to define honesty is:
refusal to try to deceive another person for even one moment.
who undertake character education in honesty must convey the idea that just as
all of character demands both character in words and character in action, so is
honesty. It includes a refusal to say other than truth and a refusal to do other
than truth. We must not knowingly deceive - cause someone to believe something
other than solid fact - for a moment in either our words or our actions.
on a test paper involves refusal to try to deceive the teacher into thinking an
answer is yours when you took it from another student's paper. Honesty regarding
incomplete homework involves refusal to try to deceive the teacher into believing
there is any reason for the unfinished work other than the true reason.
education honesty must be truthful in what it teaches, and must not attempt
to present anything other than black and white.