Cheat. Just Don’t Get Caught

Posted on January 16, 2012

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Incredibly, some teachers have actually encouraged students to cheat.

The Death of Honesty

by William Damon (Senior Fellow and member of the Virtues of a Free Society Task Force)
The failure to cultivate virtue in citizens can be a lethal threat to any democracy.
For a number of reasons, people do not always stick to the truth when they speak. Some of the reasons are justifiable—for example, humane considerations such as tact and the avoidance of greater harm. Reassuring an ungainly teenager that he or she looks great may be a kind embroidery of the truth. In a more consequential instance, misinforming storm troopers about the whereabouts of a hidden family during the Nazi occupation of Europe was an honorable and courageous deception.

For me, this was a disheartening look at how people have merely come to expect our leaders, teachers, power influencers, and all those et cetera to lie, cheat, and manipulate. In fact, I began to see that people who expect that type of honesty from certain people are considered naive or foolish. Yet, honesty is a core element of civilized society and yet it is rarely covered in school. It isn’t necessarily taught, or enforced, or even discussed openly.

Luckily, we’re in a school environment now that supports open dialogue and honesty. However, even here I’ve noticed that there are some things best left unsaid for sake of keeping still waters still.

However, if still waters have ripples that echo far and wide once those unsaid things grow from pebbles to rocks.

What is your perception of the teaching of honesty in our schools?

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Posted in: Education, Teaching