recently, The Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics surveyed 29,760 American high school students about their ethics and activities. The results are disturbing at first glance…
*a total of 30 percent overall — admitted stealing from a store within the past year.
*More than two of five (42 percent) said that they sometimes lie to save money.
*A substantial majority (64 percent) cheated on a test during the past year
*More than one in four (26 percent) confessed they lied on at least one or two questions on the survey.
*A whopping 93 percent said they were satisfied with their personal ethics and character
read the full summary of the report here.
i’ve been planning on posting on this for a while. but many others have done so; and i think the best summary and reflection was by mark matlock on our ys blog, who helpfully points out some cautions in reacting to the data.