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American Teens Lie, Steal, Cheat At 'Alarming' Rates: Study
Breitbart.com ^ | December 1, 2008 | unattributed

Posted on 12/02/2008 6:51:45 AM PST by truthkeeper

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..."

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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."

1 posted on 12/02/2008 6:51:45 AM PST by truthkeeper
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To: truthkeeper

Jeeze, with a title like that, you think they where talking about teenagers or something..


2 posted on 12/02/2008 6:52:47 AM PST by mnehring
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To: truthkeeper
American teenagers lie, steal and cheat more at "alarming rates," a study of nearly 30,000 high school students concluded Monday.

It all depends on the definition of "lie, cheat, and steal." /sarc

Seriously, though. America has no moral compass any more, so the statistics in this article aren't that much of a shocker.

3 posted on 12/02/2008 6:53:51 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: truthkeeper

Well DUH!!! They needed a study for this garbage? Teens lying to their parents, cheating, stealing....BUSH’S fault!


4 posted on 12/02/2008 6:54:56 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Nope. Here’s the “future leaders” pool.


5 posted on 12/02/2008 6:54:57 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: mnehrling
Well, at least the kids admit that they lie, cheat and steal!
6 posted on 12/02/2008 6:55:10 AM PST by Ken522
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To: truthkeeper

Sounds like we’re raising a bumper crop of politicians.


7 posted on 12/02/2008 6:55:26 AM PST by Roccus (Someday it'll all make sense.............maybe.)
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To: truthkeeper
The fruits of secularism.

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."

Of course they are - after all they are worried about global warming.

8 posted on 12/02/2008 6:55:38 AM PST by jtal
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To: Ken522

Anonymously!


9 posted on 12/02/2008 6:55:57 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: truthkeeper
American teenagers lie, steal and cheat more at "alarming rates,"...and they feel good about themselves while doing so. Tolerance trumps virtue and feelings, intelligence.
10 posted on 12/02/2008 6:56:36 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: truthkeeper
This is just liberal education. If all values are equal, then there can be no such thing as deficient ethics. That can only be true if you believe in moral absolutes. So what are liberal educators worried about? This is exactly what they've taught children to believe: situational ethics. And now they're shocked? Tsk, tsk, tsk!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

11 posted on 12/02/2008 6:56:53 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: AD from SpringBay
Of course. They're behaving exactly the way liberals think they should behave. Or where they meant to hear a different message?

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

12 posted on 12/02/2008 6:58:24 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: AD from SpringBay

Even humanity.


13 posted on 12/02/2008 6:58:40 AM PST by Niuhuru (Fine, I'm A Racist and Proud Of It!)
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To: truthkeeper

The future is already here, these types of kids have been turning into leaders for decades, denying accountability and ruining the ethical underpinnings that once held this country together. Witness Clinton, who (barf alert) “taught” all middle schoolers that oral sex isn’t sex, or Teddy K, who taught a generation that you can get away with manslaughter if you know the right people.
And on and on.....


14 posted on 12/02/2008 6:59:10 AM PST by Melinda
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To: truthkeeper
Role models: Politicians, Athletes, Entertainers, public school Teachers

Parents work long hours, few people go to church.

Where do we expect kids to learn how to be decent humans???

15 posted on 12/02/2008 6:59:16 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: truthkeeper

When everyone defines what is right and good for themselves, they invariably define their own behavior as right and good. This is the goal of the post-modernist movement.

And how would you expect teens to act today when over half the country subscribes to an ideology that promotes the flagrant defiant violation of all of God’s commandments?


16 posted on 12/02/2008 6:59:31 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: truthkeeper

... In other late breaking developments, water is wet, fire is hot and flies like crap like this study ...

... Film at 11!!!


17 posted on 12/02/2008 6:59:50 AM PST by Mr. Jazzy (Happy 233rd Birthday, USMC!!!)
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To: truthkeeper

This comes with the me, me, me mentality. The teenagers of today have got to realize that the world doesnt revolve around them.


18 posted on 12/02/2008 6:59:54 AM PST by Long Island Pete (Facts are stubborn things.)
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To: truthkeeper

so America’s youth IS corrupt-well I guess that all depends on what the meaning of the word “IS” is.


19 posted on 12/02/2008 7:02:40 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: truthkeeper

Well.. when they see politicians stealing elections; their sports idols cheat by taking performance-enhancing drugs; parents cheat on each other — it’s all reflective of society in general. What do we expect???


20 posted on 12/02/2008 7:03:04 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gloucester County, VA -- Standing for America! 63% for McCain-Palin on 4 Nov)
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To: Long Island Pete
It DOES revolve around them. They've just witnessed Americans electing the ultimate narcissist as President: Obama. Who says lying, cheating and stealing doesn't pay? To the Democrats, situational ethics has been their greatest advantage.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

21 posted on 12/02/2008 7:03:34 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: truthkeeper
Children Learn What They Live

22 posted on 12/02/2008 7:04:01 AM PST by FrankR (“Turtle up”, economically, for the duration of 0bamanation.)
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To: goldstategop
Who says lying, cheating and stealing doesn't pay? To the Democrats, situational ethics has been their greatest advantage.

Well sure. And when you get caught, you just get bailed out!

23 posted on 12/02/2008 7:04:24 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: truthkeeper

They’re patterning Paulson.


24 posted on 12/02/2008 7:04:39 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (SARAH *** JOE *** 2012!)
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To: ScottinVA
Right. And we're shocked by our children not being any better than we are. We've done a poor job on character education and leading by example.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

25 posted on 12/02/2008 7:05:12 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: truthkeeper
Millions of people who were raised in Christian households in the 60's and 70's, and then chose to lead secular lives, are shocked that their kids are amoral.

I guess, "well, as long as I'm a good person, I don't need to go to church, and my kids will be the same way", didn't really work out so swell.
26 posted on 12/02/2008 7:06:26 AM PST by horse_doc
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To: Uncle Miltie

And who can blame them. I don’t suppose any of the scumbags who tanked our economy while walking off with millions is losing any sleep over it.


27 posted on 12/02/2008 7:06:56 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: truthkeeper

but we can’t have prayer in the schools. nope, can’t teach them anything about G-d or the Bible. Don’t want to confuse or offend anyone.


28 posted on 12/02/2008 7:06:57 AM PST by ari-freedom (Conservatives solve problems. Libertarians ignore problems. Liberals create problems.)
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To: truthkeeper

The ‘Grand Theft Auto’ generation.


29 posted on 12/02/2008 7:08:07 AM PST by Carl LaFong (I'm Sarah Palin)
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To: truthkeeper

The highest authority on earth is not the authority derived from human laws. By what authority can we hold kids accountable to rules flounted and ignored by their parents?


30 posted on 12/02/2008 7:11:06 AM PST by x_plus_one (Muhammed and Allah = 2 memes destined for the ashheap of history.....)
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To: truthkeeper

“Millenials” are the laziest, most inept generation in American history, and it looks like the next group is even worse. Just peachy for the future of this nation.


31 posted on 12/02/2008 7:11:26 AM PST by montag813 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: truthkeeper

This is very disturbing.......I fault the parents for a gross lack of parenting.


32 posted on 12/02/2008 7:12:05 AM PST by skimask (Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience)
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What’s new? they’re Democrats. Not much change there.


33 posted on 12/02/2008 7:12:18 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (WHAT? Where did my tag line go?)
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To: truthkeeper

And this is a surprise? What else can society expect when anyone with any standards is labeled “judgmental.” “Judging” is the only sin in this society.


34 posted on 12/02/2008 7:12:19 AM PST by lady lawyer
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To: metmom

Ping for the “Another reason to homeschool” list.

I don’t want my kids socialized by these kids!


35 posted on 12/02/2008 7:12:48 AM PST by JenB
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To: montag813

I kind of lost track of the breakdown after “Generation Z.” Or is that the same group?


36 posted on 12/02/2008 7:12:55 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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Judging” is the only sin in this society.

Boy, you got that right.

37 posted on 12/02/2008 7:13:46 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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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.”

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Tough to make sense of that statement. Are they saying that 83% of both public and private religious school students admitted to lying to parents or did they lump the two groups together to come up with the 83%? Seems odd that both groups would independently generate the same percentage.

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“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.

Despite no significant gender differences on exam cheating, students from non-religious independent schools had the lowest cheating rate, 47 percent, compared to 63 percent of students attending religious schools.”

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Interesting they don’t give the public school numbers for cheating. However, they break out the independent religious school numbers against the other groups when the religious schooling numbers are higher (worse).

If one were to accept the numbers in the article it appears that religious schooling tends to make one more prone to lie and cheat. It would interesting to see their sampling methodologies.


38 posted on 12/02/2008 7:17:36 AM PST by bereanway (Sarah get your gun)
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Are they saying that 83% of both public and private religious school students admitted to lying to parents or did they lump the two groups together to come up with the 83%?

That's funny...I had the same thought. My suspicion is that they lumped both groups together because the distinction between two groups was significant, and they needed cover to water down the public school results.
Just a feeling.

39 posted on 12/02/2008 7:20:20 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: bereanway
It would interesting to see their sampling methodologies.

Agreed. In any event, the results are not exactly comforting.

40 posted on 12/02/2008 7:21:49 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: jtal

It would be nice to blame secularism, but the numbers for students attending religious schools were rather high.


41 posted on 12/02/2008 7:38:47 AM PST by chickadee
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To: goldstategop

You are spot-on!!!


42 posted on 12/02/2008 7:46:17 AM PST by PORD (People...Of Right Do)
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To: Roccus
Sounds like we’re raising a bumper crop of politicians.

And attorneys.

43 posted on 12/02/2008 7:50:01 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: truthkeeper

And what about fornicating, doping, and having abortions?


44 posted on 12/02/2008 8:06:01 AM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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But they do have a high level of honesty when it comes to posting their deceits online. They just caught another graffiti artist/vandal in the local area who tagged their work and posted it on MySpace.

Brilliant!

45 posted on 12/02/2008 8:06:32 AM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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It isn’t about “honesty” it is about boasting. They don’t see anything wrong with what they’ve done.

Celebrate sin. The Homosexuals do.


46 posted on 12/02/2008 8:08:55 AM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: Ken522

Because they don’t see lying, cheating and stealing as a particularly bad thing. They’re not embarrassed about it.


47 posted on 12/02/2008 8:20:56 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: truthkeeper

Studies have shown that most career criminals have much higher self-esteem than average, not lower, as you’d think.
Self-esteem is a good thing in its proper proportion and when warranted, but nowadays it’s like the child obesity thing-nutrition is necessary, but the wrong kind and in excess causes problems.

One salient point-when some formerly anti-USA baby boomers sang “God Bless America” after 9/11, or prayed, started attending church after then or some other crisis in their lives, they were reaching back to use what they had learned “back in the day”, when grown-ups were in charge and taught them, and patriotism, morals, or religion were not bad things. However, lots of later generations can’t reach back to fundamentals they learned way back when-they never learned them at all. You can’t use what you never have had.

Oh well, it goes hand in hand with the political correctness and wimpiness of a lot of them. It’ll be tough sledding if or when the Islamists take over around here and a lot of these fine young folks or their kids get stoned-not in a good way, or their right hands cut off. /s


48 posted on 12/02/2008 8:22:15 AM PST by Mac from Cleveland (Joe Biden behind a microphone is like Ted Kennedy behind a steering wheel)
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Damn. Future demwit voters.


49 posted on 12/02/2008 8:23:12 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (The White House may have changed, but there's still the Cracker Barrel.)
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To: bereanway

If that information is correct, it could be that religious schools are more difficult and the kids feel more pressure to perform. When I taught public school most of the kids didn’t care how they did on tests. They would have LIKED an A but they didn’t care enough to study and frankly, most were too lazy to even cheat.


50 posted on 12/02/2008 8:25:46 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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