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Gingersnap
12-02-2008, 11:49 AM
American teens lie, steal, cheat at 'alarming' rates: study

Dec 1 05:44 PM US/Eastern

Ethics Institute Report Says Cheating Up Among High Schoolers

American teenagers lie, steal and cheat more at "alarming rates," a study of nearly 30,000 high school students concluded Monday.

The attitudes and conduct of some 29,760 high school students across the United States "doesn't bode well for the future when these youngsters become the next generation's politicians and parents, cops and corporate executives, and journalists and generals," the non-profit Josephson Institute said.

In its 2008 Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth, the Los Angeles-based organization said the teenagers' responses to questions about lying, stealing and cheating "reveals entrenched habits of dishonesty for the workforce of the future."

Boys were found to lie and steal more than girls.

Overall, 30 percent of students admitted to stealing from a store within the past year, a two percent rise from 2006. More than one third of boys (35 percent) said they had stolen goods, compared to 26 percent of girls.

An overwhelming majority, 83 percent, of public school and private religious school students admitted to lying to their parents about something significant, compared to 78 percent for those attending independent non-religious schools.

"Cheating in school continues to be rampant and it's getting worse," the study found. Amongst those surveyed, 64 percent said they had cheated on a test, compared to 60 percent in 2006. And 38 percent said they had done so two or more times.

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"Despite these high levels of dishonesty, these same kids have a high self-image when it comes to ethics."

Some 93 percent of students indicated satisfaction with their own character and ethics, with 77 percent saying that "when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know."

The lying to a parent thing seems pretty normal to me but the stealing and cheating don't bode well. :(

Breitbart (http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=081201214432.rjut4n2u&show_article=1)

enslaved1
12-02-2008, 03:35 PM
The attitudes and conduct of some 29,760 high school students across the United States "doesn't bode well for the future when these youngsters become the next generation's politicians and parents, cops and corporate executives, and journalists and generals," the non-profit Josephson Institute said.

Look at the leaders, parents, execs, and journalists the beginning of the slope has netted us.


"Cheating in school continues to be rampant and it's getting worse," the study found. Amongst those surveyed, 64 percent said they had cheated on a test, compared to 60 percent in 2006. And 38 percent said they had done so two or more times.

Caught a report on CNN on one of the public tvs about the numerous how to cheating youtube videos and websites. No shame from the kids presenting the information.


"Despite these high levels of dishonesty, these same kids have a high self-image when it comes to ethics."

That's what happens when there is no moral compass. Imagine what their kids will think is ok.:eek:

noonwitch
12-02-2008, 04:03 PM
It's not the kids who stole from a store or cheated on a test once that concern me, it's that 38% who are repeating the behavior who do.

I stole gum once from a store and got caught and never did it again. I never really cheated on a test to my own benefit, but I let the cute hockey player who sat behind me copy my spelling tests in 8th grade. I turned out okay despite that.

Defiant1
12-02-2008, 05:40 PM
Fallout from the Clinton administration.