“Honesty is not found in revealing the truth, but in understanding how deeply afraid of it we are.” David Whyte
SEL Connection: Most students consider honesty a virtue. To tell the truth is something that we are taught is good from a very early age, and we realize as we grow up that it isn’t always easy to tell the truth. Sometimes, the truth can get us in trouble and may even embarrass us in front of our peers.
Claim: Here English poet David Whyte suggests that it isn’t truth telling that determines whether someone is honest. Honest people are honest because they have the courage to understand and face their fears.
Counterclaim: But not everybody is afraid of the truth. The most honest people are comfortable with the truth because they tell it all the time. The only people who are scared of the truth are people who have something to hide.
Essential Question: Put this question on the board to get a discussion going about honesty – Does it ever take courage to be dishonest?
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