Good Judgment and Honesty

6, 7, 8

Learners reflect in writing about the value of honesty and following the rules. They explore the benefits to self and the common good.

PrintOne 20-minute class period

The learner will:

  • reflect in writing about how the common good is a motivation for making honest choices.


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Write the following Barbara Jordan quote on the board and reflect on whether it is realistic and true for everyone. 

    "If you are politically inclined, you may be President of the United States. All my growth and development led me to believe that if you really do the right thing, and if you play by the rules, and if you’ve got good enough, solid judgment and common sense, that you’re going to be able to do whatever you want to do with your life." –Barbara Jordan

  2. Learners reflect in writing on the question, "How does honesty help oneself and the common good?" And "How does thinking about the common good help with decision-making when the rules aren't clear?"

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Define philanthropy as individuals and organizations providing their time, talent, and/or treasures intended for the common good throughout history and around the world. Give examples.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
  3. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Define and give examples of the motivations for giving and serving.
      2. Benchmark MS.5 Describe the responsibility students have to act in the civil society sector to improve the common good.