February Word of the Month – Honesty

February Word of the Month – Honesty
01 Feb 2019

“IN A TIME OF UNIVERSAL DECEIT, TELLING THE TRUTH IS A
REVOLUTIONARY ACT.” – GEORGE ORWELL –

WHAT IS HONESTY?

Honesty means not telling lies. It also means living truthfully – in a way where your THOUGHTS , ACTIONS, and WORDS reflect your true self.

Ask Your Students:

1. Why is it important to tell the truth?

2. How do you show honesty with your words?

3. How do you show honesty with your actions?

4. How do you feel when you act honestly?

“THE TRUTH IS ALWAYS THE STRONGEST ARGUMENT.” – SOPHOCLES –

SOMETIMES, IT CAN BE SCARY TO TELL THE TRUTH.

People might think we are FIBBING or making up lies for attention. Sometimes, people don’t want to hear the truth if it comes from people who are different from them – for example, sometimes adults can have a hard time listening to truth from kids. But it is important to always be honest, no matter what!

Ask Your Students:

1. Has someone ever not believed you when you were telling the truth?

2. How did it make you feel?

3. Have you ever not believed someone who was telling you the truth?

4. How did they show you that they were being honest?

“NO LEGACY IS SO RICH AS HONESTY.” – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE –

WHY IS HONESTY IMPORTANT?

You need to show honesty with your words and through your actions. If you do both, people will know you are an honest person and will be able to trust you. But you have to be honest all the time! If you are honest sometimes and dishonest other times, no one will know when you are actually being honest.

Ask Your Students:

1. Who is someone in your life who is honest?

2. How do they show that they are honest?

3. Do you trust this person to tell you the truth?

4. How can you become the kind of person others can trust?

“NOTHING IS EASIER THAN SELF-DECEIT. FOR WHAT EACH MAN WISHES, THAT HE ALSO BELIEVES TO BE TRUE.” – DEMOSTHENES –

YOU NEED TO BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF, TOO!

We all know that we can LIE to other people. If you look at me right now and tell me, “The sky is lime green!” we all know that it is a lie. However, it is also possible to lie to ourselves. Usually, we lie to ourselves when we want something to be a certain way very badly. For example, if I have not prepared a lesson plan, I could lie to myself and say, “Oh well, I know enough that I don’t really need a pl.”

Ask Your Students:

1. Why is it bad to lie, even to ourselves?

2. Can other people still get hurt when we lie to ourselves?

3. How does it feel if you lie to yourself?

4. Do you think it is better to be honest with yourself or to lie to yourself?

Dear Parents and/or Guardians …

HONESTY

This month we are learning about honesty. This is a complicated value. It is not only important that we be honest with each other, but that we are honest with ourselves. Honesty does not simply mean that we do not lie to others. It means that our actions, words and DEEDS represent the most truthful version of ourselves. Students are encouraged to conduct themselves in a straightforward manner in class and at home.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

• Encourage honesty rather than blame-dodging. A child who admits to being wrong (“I’m sorry; I know you said not to run in the house, but I did anyway,”), rather than blame-dodges (“I didn’t hear you tell me not to run in the house!”) should be disciplined accordingly but praised for their INTEGRITY.

• Be emotionally honest with your children. Communicate your feelings in a rational, age-appropriate way but do not hesitate to express even negative emotions when prompted (ex. Instead of, “I’m fine,” say, “I’m upset because a project at work is not going well.”)

• If you realize that you have been wrong in an argument with your children, apologize to them. This will show them that truth is more important than pride, and it will help them realize how important honesty is to everyone – even their role models.


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