Children Excelling at Lying, Cheating, Stealing

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, October 24, 2002

Children Excelling at Lying, Cheating, Stealing

Further signs of the moral and ethical breakdown caused by our cultural abandonment of God and his Word: a new report finds that children today are more likely to cheat, steal and lie than young people did 10 years ago.

A Josephson Institute of Ethics report surveyed 12,000 high school students and found that the number who admitted cheating on exams once in the past year had jumped from 61 percent in 1992 to 74 percent this year.

Students who admitted to shoplifting within the past 12 months rose from 31 percent to 38 percent. Those who said they lied to their teachers and parents also increased substantially.

A spokesman for the institute said, "The evidence is that a willingness to cheat has become the norm and that parents, teachers, coaches and even religious educators have not been able to stem the tide."

Of course they haven’t, because kids are taught that sinning is cool and they worst thing you can be is judgmental of another person’s behavior.

They are getting that message and responding as you might expect.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

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