Developed by: W. Huitt
Last revised: January 2005
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Honesty is defined as the quality of being free from fraud or deception, displaying integrity, equitable, fair, genuine (American Heritage Dictionary). Being honest means being sincere and consistently truthful, being ethical in thoughts, words, and deeds. Being honest means keeping your word and having and maintaining personal integrity.
Students of all ages need to be taught the attribute of honesty in the home, school, and all social settings. More importantly, adults need to model being honest so that children may take note and practice what they see. Adolescents, especially, may be more honest because they do not like to get into trouble as a result of embarrassment in front of peers (Giampietro, 2003).
Giampietro, P. (2003). Character education: Another look. Character Education Grant, University of New Hampshire. Retrieved April 2004, from http://www.unh.edu/outdoor-education/CE/mywebs/charedu/History1.htm