We are back and we just couldn’t get enough of last week’s theme of student accountability! So in this second round, we fix our gaze on the history and heart behind Honor Council, a beautiful manifestation of our commitment to that age-old honor code (“I will neither lie, nor cheat, nor steal”) and a concrete way that we empower students to hold students accountable. We were joined by advisor (and past student member of Honor Council), Marty Kelly, along with senior honor council member, Anthony Jones. It’s short and sweet, so you can easily listen to the whole thing, but if you just have a few minutes, see the notes below to skip to what you want to hear:
1:35-2:24: What accountability has to do with honor . . . even when nobody is watching.
3:07-4:28: The history of the Honor Council, and why honor is at its core.
4:41-5:12; 13:37-15:10: How Honor Council has evolved, and why it has to continue to adapt with the time.
5:578:54: Nuts and bolts of how the Honor Council functions.
9:48-10:56: The pros and cons of being held accountable by your own peers.
11:33- 13:11: The role of empathy when you are going on the preponderance of evidence; walking the line between being “grace filled and affirming the values of the community.”
15:35-19:24: What kind of infractions get you on honor council, why the most common type of case has increased since covid, and “calling in” versus “calling out.”
19:47-20:44: Why keeping an open mind is crucial for Honor Council matters.
20:59:21:48: Why advising Honor Council is the hardest part of Mrs. Kelly’s job.