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Transcript of Integrity
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Integrity is living by honor.
"I have been asked what I mean by 'word of honor.' I will tell you. Place me behind prison walls...there is a possibility that in some way or another I may escape; but stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of the circle? No. Never! I'd die first!"
~Karl G. Maeser,
German-born educator consider the founder of Brigham Young University
The Major Elements/Principal Terminology of Integrity
Standing for something
Frankfurt, Harry, 1971. ‘Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person,’ Journal of Philosophy, LXVIII: 5–20.
One main attribute in integrity is commitment. When a person is defined as having integrity, society primarily thinks a person who can be held to one’s commitments. Being able to specifically see the commitments one stays true to can be related to his or her integrity. Also, Cox, La Caze, and Levine (2003) state integrity is a social (person’s relations to others) virtue. Overall, integrity can be viewed as a virtue, which is made up of cluster concepts. Integrity is a thick and complex virtue because integrity can contain overlapping qualities of other virtues and morals such as honesty, responsibility, respect, etc.
Integrity stems from the word integer, meaning wholeness, perfect condition. Integrity is adhering to moral and ethical principles (Dictionary.com). When using the term, “integrity” is most often used to refer to the quality of a person’s character (Cox, La Caze, Levine). A person’s character can be seen in various attributes such as professional, intellectual, and artistic integrity. According to Cox, La Caze, and Levine (2003), integrity can have two fundamental intuitions: first being a formal relation one has to oneself; the second, integrity is connected to acting morally meaning there are constraints as to why a person acts with integrity.
What is Integrity
McFall, Lynne, 1987. ‘Integrity,’ Ethics, 98: 5–20. Reprinted in John Deigh (ed.), Ethics and Personality, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992, 79–94.
Williams, Bernard, 1973. ‘Integrity,’ in J.J.C. Smart and Bernard Williams, Utilitarianism: For and Against New York: Cambridge, 108–117.
Cox, Damian, La Caze, Marguerite and Levine, Michael, "Integrity", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2013/entries/integrity/>.
If you have integrity, nothing else matters.
If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.
Alan Simpson is an American politician who served from 1979 to 1997 as a United States Senator from Wyoming as a member of the Republican Party.
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”
― Albert Einstein
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”
― Frederick Douglass
“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The word integrity is rooted in the military traditions of the ancient Roman army.
Read more about integrity's history in Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Mike Lovett's article, "Inspecting our integrity, embracing higher standards"
Note the similarities between the two words; consider integrity through the definition of integral - that something is vitally important to the whole or end result. Viewing integrity through this lens shows us that having integrity in your life is the key to having all other positive character traits. Without integrity, the ability to hold beliefs and stand up for them, without the conscious desire to create something to be proud of and maintain high standards of work and ethics, can you truly embody the other traits? If "integrity" is truly the same as "integral", then integrity leads to the other traits: honesty, respect, loyalty, empathy.
Resources on How to Teach Integrity
Teacher as a role model, mentor & care-giver
Establishing democratic classroom
Consistent behavioral expectations
Curriculum: Movies, Literature, Classroom activities “50 ways”
Published programs: Character Counts!
Remember the Titans (2000)
Freedom Writers (2007)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Integrity Character Lens
29 May 2014
use these movies to
help discuss integrity
Burns, L., Houston, S., & Lee, R. (n.d.). 50 Ways to Jumpstart Academic Integrity Discussions in Your Class. Quinnipiac University. Retrieved May 27, 2014, from https://www.quinnipiac.edu/prebuilt/pdf/wac/ database_fifty_ways_academic_integrity_0811.pdf
Job Is Yours - Movie Clip from Courageous. (n.d.). WingClips. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/courageous/job-is-yours
Vasicek, B. (2010, December 25). Integrity | Scholastic.com. Scholastic Teachers. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/classroom_solutions/2010/12/integrity
Maeser, K. G. (n.d.). Home Page. Honor Code Office. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from https://honorcode.byu.edu/index.php?option=com_ezine&Itemid=4613)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1/10) Movie CLIP - What Kind of Man Are You? (1962) HD. (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from https:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=guMVb47aD-k
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Speech. (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from https:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=s6UbYHCkoZs
Lovett, M. (2009, October 19). Commentary - Inspecting our integrity, embracing higher standards. Commentary - Inspecting our integrity, embracing higher standards. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from http://www.amc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123173398
Quotes About Integrity. (n.d.). (413 quotes). Retrieved May 29, 2014, from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/integ
Remember The Titans Coach Yoast Takes A Stand. (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from https:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=QezX4y-M1_0
integral - Google Search. (n.d.). integral - Google Search. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from https://www.google.com/search?q=integral&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb#channel=fflb&