By DAVID DEATON
How honest are you? How honest do you think your children are? Well, working with children on a daily basis, I want to see the good in all kids. Sometimes kids are brutally honest and tell things they probably should not and other times they hide details and lie to keep from being in trouble.
The Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County knows that everyone is not going to be honest and kids are going to get their feeling hurt. Like it or not, not every kid has good morals or values.
In a survey released by the Josephson Institute of Ethics on the values and ethical actions of more than 40,000 high school students, the gap between what students believe and their actions seems to show a decline in ethics and morals.
The report, which was conducted in 2010, states that 89 percent of students believe that being a good person is more important than being rich, that is a really good thing, yet the report shows that almost one in three boys and one in four girls admitted stealing from a store within the past year. And 21 percent admitted they stole something from a parent or other relative, and 18 percent admitted stealing from a friend.
On lying, two out of five teens said they sometimes lie to save money. While 92 percent of students believe their parents want them to do the right thing, statistics from the report show that eight of ten teens confessed they lied to a parent about something significant.
When it comes to cheating, 59 percent of teens admitted cheating on a test during the last school year, with 34 percent doing it more than two times, and yet 92 percent of students were satisfied with their personal ethics and character.
Should this be acceptable? Is there a moral decline in today’s youth? Can we trust surveys and tests? I don’t know? I want to believe that everyone is honest, hard-working and will do the right thing. Yet, I have to examine my own life and my own moral and ethical convictions.
The Josephson Institute mission is to improve the ethical quality of society by changing personal and organizational decision making and behavior. I do commend their efforts.
Josephson Institute is a non profit organization based in Los Angeles, founded in 1987 by Michael Josephson It offers a variety of consulting services and training courses in business ethics, public administration, policing, character education and sportsmanship.