Honesty is not just the free expression of the truth. Dishonesty may have more to do with the deliberate omission of information than with direct lying. Deliberately withholding information from, or misleading, others impedes their participation. It can be a means for those with power to control those with less power.
Honesty involves avoiding hypocrisy by acting in accordance with one’s stated values or principles. It involves keeping promises. While honesty is linked to integrity and sincerity, it is also related to values of courage and trust. It is harder to be honest when it requires courage and easier where others can be trusted to be supportive.
Honesty in education involves sharing knowledge with young people about local and global realities. It involves a willingness to acknowledge mistakes.