March Merit Award - HONESTY

What is Honesty?

  • Being truthful in word and action
  • Showing trustworthiness
  • Being reliable in carrying out commitments, obligations, and duties
  • Telling the truth
  • Admitting wrongdoing

What does honesty look like/sound like?

  • Telling parents/guardians/caregivers or a teacher about a mistake and facing the consequences of the action
  • Telling on someone if it will make the situation better, but not telling on them just to get them into trouble
  • Expressing real feelings without anger, without blaming others, without exaggerating, and without hurting the feelings of someone else
  • Turning in something that is lost (e.g., money or a personal belonging) and encouraging others to do the same
  • When someone wants to copy an assignment, explaining politely that it would be dishonest and that it's best to do one's own work
  • Doing schoolwork honestly and not cheating during a test
  • Being truthful with friends and thanking them for being truthful with you
  • Not getting angry at someone when they are honest with you in a respectful manner 
  • Refraining from gossiping, spreading rumours, or talking behind someone's back
  • Standing up for your beliefs, even if others might not agree

Quotations


"Speak only the truth. Act with only the best intentions. Once you get into the habit, you can live by this code." (Unknown)

"There are times that when truth and kindness conflict, one ought to choose kindness, especially when a little honesty is better than a lot." (Leroy Jack Syrop)

"A lie has speed, but truth has endurance." (Edgar J. Mohn)

"Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away." (Elvis Presley)