A recent study showing an uptick in honesty among American teens prompted the founder of the organization conducting the study, Michael Josephson, to say “I think we have turned the corner.”
From 2010 to 2012, the changes include:
- Stealing, down to 20% from 27%
- Lying to a teacher, down to 55% from 61%
- Cheating on an exam, down to 51% from 59%
- Lying to parents about something significant, down to 76% from 80%
The percent of teens still, shall we say, “deficient” in character, is troubling. It makes you wonder what you don’t know, doesn’t it? Indeed, Josephson commented, “It’s a small ray of sunshine shining through lots of dark clouds.”
Mom and Dad…let’s not grow weary in educating our children to be young men and women of integrity. We’ve clearly got a lot of work to do! We CAN have hope that we can make a difference–Josephson attributed some of this significant uptick in teen integrity to parents who are increasingly concerned with teaching their children that honesty is important.