Old Ben Franklin said to you and me, “Honesty is the best policy.” These are the words Anne Hutchinson students are singing each morning as we explore the ethical habit of honesty. Throughout the month of February, our school community is pursuing questions such as: What does honesty mean and why is it important? What are the qualities of an honest person? What are the consequences of dishonesty? At our recent H.E.A.R.T. Assembly, we came to an agreement that being honest means you:
- Tell the truth, regardless of the consequence.
- Admit when you are wrong.
- Do not cheat or steal.
- Do not exaggerate to make things seem different than they are.
- Keep promises, honor commitments, and encourage others to do the same.
To support this work, students at all grade levels are reading Doreen Rappaport’s Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln and discussing how the President’s honesty (as well as his habits of tolerance, compassion, and perseverance) helped him to earn the trust of so many Americans amid a long and bitter civil war.