Monday, December 1, 2008

AMERICAN TEENS LIE, STEAL AND CHEAT BIG TIME

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

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.
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.
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."

3 Comments:

At December 2, 2008 9:57 AM, Blogger Lars said...

Who doesn't lie to their parents about something "significant" when they are a teenager? To be completely truthful with your parents at that age would seem to me to be the stranger answer to such a question.

 
At December 2, 2008 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The majority of human beings lack much integrity whatsoever. Film at 11.

 
At December 3, 2008 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

School is the best place for children and teens to learn bad behavoir.

With Public Schools, the whole place runs on an ideology of scarcity. Not everyone can get an A, overcrowded classrooms, not enough current text books, student rights don't exist, facilities that are overburdended, and most of the young people in school don't want to be there. Youths in school are treated like prisoners, and such an environment encorages dishonesty and theft.

One of the main reasons that High School teens lie to their parents is because their parents enforce schools needs, even to the detriment of the family. Once the teen feels that their parents are on the side of school and not on the teens side, conflict will grow. "Teenaged rebellion" as we know it in the US is a product of schooling.

Because of the ridiculous standardized test fad, concern about grades and test scores have become a replacement for parental concern about the teen as a person.

One rarely sees this sort of behavoir in homeschool communities, whether secular or religious. I wonder what the results of the survey would have been if homeschoolers had been included.

Homeschoolers would be a great control group to see if ample positive parental parental involvment lessens amount of lieing and stealing.

I've met enough former Public School kids in the homeschooling community who once had these problems, but removal from school and positive parental involvement seems to improve matters greatly.

In such a mixed up environment as school, it's no wonder that dishonest teens would feel they are in the right and being good, because they have so many bad examples to follow. Plus to speak of another awful example for youth, why should any of them care about being truthful when even the president will lie to get what he wants, and avoid punishment, like Bush did about WMD and Iraq.

If we want honest teens, we need to improve the general honesty of society, and either abolish or utterly redsign schools, so that they benefit young people instead of harm them.

 

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