Are there good and bad lies?

Year 3 have been thinking about honesty this week and will be discussing the question ‘are there good and bad lies?’

We have been looking at different scenarios and whether they are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ lies.

Here are some examples below. What do you think, are they okay? Is it ever okay to lie?

  • The powerful queen –A powerful queen asks you: “Who is the fairest of them all.” If you tell her the truth – that she is really ugly – she might chop off your head. You tell her she is the fairest in the land.
  • The broken toy – You borrow your friend’s toy without asking. When you break it by accident, you put it back without saying anything.
  • The capital of Australia – Your friend asks you what is the capital of Australia. You tell him/her that Sydney is the capital of Australia (genuinely believing this is true.) Later on you discover that you were wrong and that Canberra is the capital of Australia.
  • ‘He’s not in’ – A neighbour who your parents don’t like very much comes to the door and asks to see your dad. Your dad tells you to tell the neighbour he’s not at home. You tell them your dad isn’t in.

Let us know your thoughts! Have you got any instances where you think it’s okay to lie?

2 thoughts on “Are there good and bad lies?

  1. Umar Cambodia????????

    I think the powerful queen is a good lie because you want to save your life.

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