STUDENT HONESTY BEGINS AT HOME
Available time to disclose the truth was rapidly fading. Consequences were creeping dangerously near. Experience sanctioned the evaporation of doubt. Fate was inevitable should a deception be uttered. Staggering the voice would be given the response of a disapproving raised eyebrow. Pressure increased with expected eye contact. A proven man of his word formed the first layer of foundation.
The cashier validates imperfection. Evident error appears, glancing down at your received currency. Hesitation demonstrates a blemish in character. Immediate response enlightens the youthful observer. Without question, the money is returned to the rightful owner. A second layer of foundation appears.
Silently having signed the contracted document, the hands embrace, sealing the agreed commitment. Binding the two participants with honor to the protected covenant. As the young spectator contemplates an honorable outcome, a third layer of foundation materializes
Foundations of honesty should be solidified previous to school attendance. Principal’s offices are filled with students that are struggling to stand on teetering foundations. Teacher’s responsibilities have heightened to include character building to their curriculum.
A young man attending a rural school district in Oklahoma lingers as a statistic. His teacher pleaded, “Your foundation can be repaired, let me help.” His mother denied any real issues, “He is just a spoiled child, he will be ok.” Continuous deceptive behavior mingled with choices that could not be withdrawn crumbled the weakness of his foundation. He now serves a life sentence without parole. He is twenty-one. His victim with her family lost her right to increase in age.
Honesty’s value has not declined. Evaluating the following can assist you while enlisting the necessary principles to establish a firm foundation of honesty that will enable your child to make honorable decisions throughout his or her education.
*Example is the strongest of teachers. What are you teaching?
*Standing for what is right solidifies foundations. Where is your stand?
*Talking to our youth about right and wrong is an obligation. Have you had a one
on one conversation lately?
*Does the children living in your home know the foundation of beliefs for which
you stand? Do you stand on a foundation of beliefs that maintain honorable
*Friends and others your child encounters each day will carry a strong impact on
his or her stature. Who are you allowing into their daily lives?
Many factors will play a part in our youth’s ability to form the proper character of honesty. The largest factor begins at home. I implore you as a mother, teacher, principal and citizen to take on your responsibility as our youth of today learn the value of honesty and the behavioral characteristics expected to uphold that value.