- There were 29, 760 high school students surveyed.
- 35% of the boys and 26% of the girls (30% overall) admitted to stealing from a store this last year.
- 42% said that they sometimes lie to save money.
- 64% said they cheated on a test this last year (38% did so two or more times)
You might think that those numbers sound bad, but get this:
- More than 26% said that they lied on one or two questions on the survey (The site states, "Experts agree that dishonesty on a survey is an attempt to conceal misconduct.")
And the best part (or maybe the scariest part):
- 93% said that they were satisfied with their personal ethics and character
There is so much that I would like to say about this article. I would love to discuss how I am not surprised. I would love to take a few paragraphs to talk about how it is getting this way. I would be more than happy to offer discourse on where this is going and how bad it could get.
Instead of writing our all of that, I am simply going to take a moment to challenge you (and me) with two thoughts:
Number 1 - Re-evaluate your own moral character. Where do you stand in these areas? Have you become satisfied with your own "personal ethics"?
Number 2 - Pray for this generation. Pray specifically for those in that generation who are trying to match their ethics with the ethics of the cross. It is a challenging world to live in, and students who take a stand for what is right are getting to be more and more alone. Pray for them today.