Gulf News – Article 4

This week’s article was published in the newspaper this morning. For this article i chose to tackle the sensitive issue of cheating, dishonesty and integrity, concluding that a commitment to be ‘honest later’ doesn’t work and that low integrity carries too high a price:

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Please share your thoughts. I’d love to have feedback and ideas from the regular blog readers. Also, whilst Article 5 is virtually finished, I’m open to any ideas for what should be the themes of articles 6 and 7.


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  1. A social science teacher, popular among kids and parents alike, known for his honest ways and well intentioned efforts, posed a question in front of a class full of 11-12 year olds. He asked, “Imagine a young man who is well qualified, intelligent, from a lower middle class family, desparately in need of a job, appearing for a competitive exam for a selection that would open the doors to a much sought after post in a goverment department. He has cleared the initial stages of the process with flying colours proving to be more than deserving of the job. At the last stage (interview), he realized the only way he could make through was by paying bribe…what should he do?” It was a strange, unusual question from a teacher. The class went quiet for a few minutes, then there were some murmurs about ‘honesty’, ‘he shouldn’t’ etc.- how could they be not ‘morally’ and ‘ethically’ correct in front of the teacher. The teacher was quiet, oddly expecting some answer from a group of children! It was apparent the question meant something more to him. After a few minutes of hesitation, a girl known to be straightforward, raised her hand, and got up to answer, “Does he really deserve the job? Is he better than the rest of the aspirants?” To an affirmation, she replied, “Then, I think, he should borrow the money from somewhere and secure the job to be able to care for his family”. And she was joined in by other kids who were nodding their heads in agreement. The point I am trying to make is that kids aren’t incapable of analysing a situtation and forming opinions/taking decisions, as adults would like to believe. What do we expect them to do with the values of honesty and integrity we teach them when they see them falling apart at the first encounter with real world? The news media are full of stories of honest people harrassed or even killed for simply trying to do their jobs. Kids still grow up with the right values, go out in the real world as honest people with integrity. But there are chilling accounts of what they face. I am reminded of S. Manjunath, a young, brilliant IOC officer brutally killed by oil mafia for doing his duty in 2005. And he is just one of such countless heroes. I am sure anyone who read the news must have felt sadness, even rage..but I am also sure each one of them, somewhere in their minds, also must have wondered why he wasn’t more ‘practical’ and stayed out of the way of those troublesome people! Sure, we need to worry whether we face a less moral tomorrow but the basis of this worry should be a greater one about leaving a less moral, rotten legacy of a society for our kids. Kids are more of a mirror to the society they are growing up in.

    Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2013 07:24:41 +0000 To:

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