CHARACTER EDUCATION ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
AMERICAN FREEDOMS COMPACT PROGRAM
Student's Name________________________________ School________________________ Grade Second
CHARACTER ATTRIBUTE: HONESTY
Democratic Principle No. 2: A free society requires respect for persons, property and principle.
Students' Concept of the Principle: We believe that respect for other person's property and principles require each of us to be honest in our dealings with them.
MY FREEDOMS COMPACT GOALS:
I will... 1. Never copy work done by my classmates nor cheat in examinations.
2. Not steal anything from any one.
MY FREEDOMS COMPACT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
1. I have not copied anything from my classmates nor cheated in examinations.
2. I have not stolen anything this year.
Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin. He once said, "All that I am I woe to my angel mother." She taught him that he had his free agency to choose the right or to choose the wrong and impressed him that joy and happiness in life comes from choosing the right. Above all she taught him to be honest when dealing with others.
When Abraham grew up to be a young man it is said that he was employed as a clerk in a small country store.
One day a woman came to the store and purchased some groceries. The purchase price of the groceries came to less than a bill she handed to Abraham in payment. He in turn gave her the difference and she left the store without counting the change. A short time later, Abraham in recounting the money found that he had given the woman ten cents less than he should have done.
This bothered Abraham all afternoon and in the evening when the store closed he walked three miles to give the woman the ten cents which she had coming to her. Now she probably never would have missed it, but Abraham's conscience would not let him rest until he gave the woman her dime.
This was a little thing to be sure, but Abraham Lincoln later became President of the United States during the terrible Civil War in the 1860's. the southern states were divided against the northern states and threatened to secede from the union. Slavery too was a big issue. This was a time when Abraham Lincoln had to be honest with himself as to what he believed was right. A number of his cabinet did not agree with him and withdrew. As president he was almost left alone. Yet he was honest with himself and true to his convictions. The trauma of the terrible war almost become unbearable yet Lincoln remained steadfast and in the end the union of the states was preserved. For his honesty we revere Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest of our presidents and one of the great patriots of all times.