A new study suggests students at religious-based schools lie and cheat more than their secular counterparts. Not only that but it suggest that American teenagers are lying, cheating, and stealing more at “alarming rates.”
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.
Although admittedly I haven’t actually read the study myself I am far more optimistic than whoever the spokesman was at the Josephson Institute. I surmise the recent study is either more flawed than previous studies or possibly an improvement on past studies and that teenagers are not much more or less dishonest than past generations. History suggests that just about every young generation is perceived by their elders as having less values and with almost every generation without fail every generation slowly begins to correct injustices of the past.
For instance, the older generation viewed the youth of the 50’s as “The Lost Generation.” This “lost” generation played a major role in promoting black civil rights and feminism, among other important political and social movements. And yet it never ceases to amaze me how Conservatives can openly suggest they want to return these “traditional” values. It seems to me that if you weren’t an upper class, heterosexual, male, WASP, living in more traditional America sucked.
So I don’t worry so much about the latest generation’s loss of traditional values. In fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they do better than the previous generation. Hell, religion might be little more than a fringe movement by then.