Honest hearts produce honest actions. ~Brigham Young

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
While I don't normally quote Brigham Young because of the conflict in our world-views, I found that for this subject he had a valid point. When I sat down to write this post, I started by googling a lot of different quotes on honesty. I found a great quote by Mary MacCracken "...Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child."

It's true. There are dim-witted children of course, but children can generally spot dishonesty because they tend to be more honest. Their little hearts haven't been corrupted by years and years of "white lies" and half-truths.

The Liangzhou County in the Gansu Province of China recently harnessed the integrity of eighteen schoolchildren to help them catch dishonest test takers - on their police force!
According to an article I read, the test takers were competing for sixty-six high ranking positions.

The eighteen fifth-graders walking the aisles spotted twenty-five alleged cheaters during the test. Apparently, the original adult monitors had been found to look the other way to avoid embarrassing some of the cheaters. No such luck with the kids! The article says that the "students took their jobs very seriously and their presence also applied greater moral pressure on the exam takers to perform honestly" and "encouraged them (the test takers) to set better examples in the future."

I don't have a lot to add to this. I just thought that it was rather ironic that children were the morality monitors for adults - police officers, no less!

(Update: Cool thing I discovered recently...Brigham Young and I were born on the same day. Weird, right?)