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ERIC Number: ED237448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Truthfulness in the Curriculum: A Case for Including Ethics.
Dickmann, Leonore W.
Frequent use of credibility phrases such as "to be perfectly honest" and "frankly speaking" may lend credence to the description of this era as being the Age of Disbelief. It is not enough that truth is implied in a discussion, it must be made explicit verbally. What do students think when they see headlines that decry fraud, deception, and phoniness? One can only wonder if dishonest attitudes are being conveyed in the classroom by teachers. Perhaps it is time to include exercises in truthfulness as a valued component of the curriculum and to take a hard look at ethics. It may be helpful to think of objectives or competencies for a truthful individual such as: The individual is faithful to commitments, is able to separate facts from irrelevancies, expresses integrity, is honest with himself and others, is trustworthy, seeks to be precise in speaking, and is accurate in written work. Truthfulness as a criterion can help students think about today's concerns and the responsibilities that people have toward others. This paper concludes with a list of 25 starter strategies for stressing truthfulness in the curriculum. (DC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: PF Project