The above quote by Mark Twain was one of the first things to pop into my head when Teresa Hernández said in her Top Ten List “don’t lie, it only prolongs the pain.”
It is all too human to want to lie your way out of the consequences of your poor decisions. This is a trap, if I’m being really honest, that I can easily fall into. I have only appreciation for Teresa for being so candid about what students are like, it gave me the immediate impression that she doesn’t want students to try to impress her, she just wants them to be real, and in that being real they will find that hard work and integrity pay a lot higher wages than lying about work or grades.
Simply put, being put in the uncomfortable position of having to admit your faults is fantastic incentive to rid yourself of them. In this class she has given her students the opportunity to become better people. As journalists and those in public relations of many kinds, honesty and integrity are very important characteristics to have.