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What is honesty?
- Honesty is telling the truth.
- Honesty is straightforward conduct.
- Honesty is being sincere, truthful, trustworthy, honorable, fair, genuine, and loyal with integrity.
Honest, trusting kids:
- Tell the truth despite consequences
- Voice their opinion in a kind, thoughtful way
- "Tell on" someone only when necessary
- Show and share their feelings
- Know their classmates and teachers care and want the best for them
- Feel and react without guilt
- Express themselves positively as well as critically
You are being honest when you ...
- Do your own homework
- Tell a friend the truth
- Explain the real reason you didn't turn in your homework
- Keep your eyes on your own paper
- Clean up your room after making a promise
- Give the cashier the extra money she gave you by mistake
- Write a report in your own words instead of copying
- Admit you made the mistake
- Keep a friend's secret
- Turn in a wallet full of money that you found
Be honest with yourself
- Accept responsibility for your own actions; don't blame others.
- Be honest about your feelings.
- Face issues as they arise.
- If you are considering lying, try to think of the consequences.
- When confronted with a situation, think of others.
Proverbs and maxims
- Truth exists; only falsehood has to be invented. (George Braque)
- The truth is more important than the facts. (Frank L. Wright)
- In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain. (Nietzsche)
- If you tell the truth, you have infinite power supporting you.
More quotes about honesty
- There is no wisdom like frankness. (Disraeli)
- A harmful truth is better than a useful lie. (Thomas Mann)
- Honesty is the best policy.
- Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. (Jefferson)
- One falsehood spoils a thousand truths. (Ashanti proverb)
Heroes and heroines
- Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who believed that a person's first duty was to be virtuous.
- Cochise was a Native American leader who was known for his honor and for keeping his word.
- Barbara Jordan was a remarkable Congresswoman who was a model for honesty in politics.
- Martin Luther was a religious leader who led the Reformation movement (against the existing church) with honesty and courage.
Put honesty into action
- Thank someone in your family for being honest.
- Tell your parents about a mistake you've made.
- Tell the truth when you've done something wrong.
- Compliment a friend for being honest.
- Express your real feelings without anger, without blaming others, without exaggerating, and without hurting the feelings of someone else.
- Turn in something that is lost and encourage others to do the same.
- When someone wants to copy your work, politely explain that it isn't right and that it's best to do your own work.
- Admit a mistake or error in judgment you have made and apologize to anyone it might have affected.
- Do your schoolwork honestly
- Be truthful with your friends and thank them for being truthful with you.
- When you ask someone to be honest with you, don't get angry with them if their honesty isn't what you wanted to hear.
Community service ideas
- Write a letter of thanks to a politician or community leader who has taken a stand on a controversial issue.
- Visit a senior citizen center to play board games with the residents. Make very honest moves as you play.
- Share the meaning of honesty with your family. Ask them to share their ideas with you.
- Remind members of your community to be honest. Decorate public areas with signs telling about the value of honesty.
- Create a classroom honor code. Write it down and hang it up in the classroom, so that everyone can see it all year long.
- Plan a class field trip to a daycare center to tell stories with themes of honesty to young children.
8 great reasons to tell the truth
- Telling the truth lets everyone know what really happened. There's less chances of misunderstandings, confusion, or conflict.
- Telling the truth protects innocent people from being blamed or punished.
- Telling the truth allows everyone to learn from what happened.
- You usually get into less trouble for telling the truth than for lying (and getting caught).
- Other people trust you more when you tell the truth.
- You don't have to tell more lies to keep your story straight.
- You gain a reputation for being truthful - a trait that most people value.
- Telling the truth helps you feel secure and peaceful inside.
10 tips for being more truthful
- Make a commitment to tell the truth and honor it.
- Tell someone about your commitment and progress.
- Think before you give a dishonest answer, explanation, or reason.
- Be careful of when and how you use exaggeration, sarcasm, or irony.
- Be careful not to twist the truth or leave out part of it.
- Don't indulge in little white lies; don't get caught in cover-ups.
- Watch out for silent lies. When you know about a lie and keep quiet, the lie lives on.
- When you catch yourself lying, throw your mouth into reverse and tell the truth.
- Talk to yourself quietly and ask what is the best thing to do.
- Treat your to something special with you tell the truth even when it's hard.
- Write and perform a skit in which you and others debate the saying "Honesty is the best policy."
- Discuss what is means to "live a lie."
- List examples of what honesty means to you and role-play.
- Research whistle-blowers or people who go public about an unfair, unsafe, or unethical practice in the workplace or other place.
- Study honesty and dishonesty in advertising. Read or look at ads - in the news, magazines, on tv.
- Learn about the relationship of honesty and (mental) health.
- Learn about honesty in scientific or medical research.
- Compare national honesty (crime statistics) with local honesty. Which is higher?
- Research cultures past and present to learn their views of honesty.
- Find out how your school handles dishonesty. Are there student guidelines about cheating, stealing, lying, plagiarism, and other issues?
- Survey your class to find out how honest students are.
- Collect pictures of people throughout history who have been known for their honesty.
- Write a jingle about honesty or dishonesty.
- Read stories about honesty.
Booklist for Honesty
For Grades K-3
- A Day's Work - Bunting
- The Empty Pot - Demi
- Ira Sleeps Over - Waber
- Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine - Ness
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Potter
- Too Many Tamales - Soto
- What's So Terrible About Swallowing an Apple Seed? - Lerner & Goldhor
- The Boy Who Cried Wolf
- Petunia - Duvoisin
- Ruby Copy Cat - Rathmann
- Strega Nona - De Paola
- Rooter Remembers: a Bank Street Book about Values - Oppenheim
- The Berenstain Bears and the Truth - Berenstain
- The True Francine - Brown
- Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock - Stevens
- Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire - De Groat
- I Did It, I'm Sorry - Buehner
- Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul 2 - Canfield
For Grades 3-6
- The Value of Honesty: the Story of Confucius - Johnson
- The Value of Truth and Trust: the Story of Cochise - Johnson
- Dog Years - Warner
- Humbug - Bawden
- Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook - Park
- The Skull of Truth - Coville
- Notes from a Liar and Her Dog - Choldenko
- Honest Abe - Kunhardt
- On My Honor - Bauer
- Jennifer-The-Jerk Is Missing - Gorman
- One-Eyed Cat - Fox
- Spying on Miss Muller - Bunting
- Water Sky - George