Now that you’re old enough to start bitching about the next generation you’ll love these stats from the “2008 Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth.” The survey of 30,000 high school students found that 35 percent of boys and 26 percent of girls have stolen from a store in the past year; 49 percent of boys and 36 percent of girls have told a lied in order to save money while over 80 percent of all kids have say they have lied to their parents about something significant; and 64 percent of students admitted to cheating on a test during the past year while 36 percent had used the Internet to plagiarize an assignment. Of course the accuracy of these numbers are highly reliable as the survey also found that 26 percent of the students questioned said that they lied on at least one of the questions asked. And finally, for just a touch of irony, the research also discovered that a whopping 93 percent of students said they have high personal ethics and character while 77 percent agreed with the statement “when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know.” (CharacterCounts.org)

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