It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. – George Washington
In the Hilliard City Schools the first value on our VBO is “Stand Up and Own It.” We value personal responsibility. We know that we are all going to make mistakes; we know no one is perfect. With this in mind, we don’t make excuses for mistakes . . . we learn from them.
In today’s “lie or die” mentality, in a world where it seems acceptable to rewrite the narrative to meet our needs, it has never been more important for us to model for young people honesty and ownership.
George Washington, our principle Founding Father, provides sage advice. Don’t lie, Stand Up and Own It . . . accept mistakes and learn from them. We get to model our values for our students; we are compelled to hold ourselves to a higher standard and demonstrate honesty and morality.