Are Kids Getting Worse?

children online 150x150 Are Kids Getting Worse?In 2010, the Josephson Institute of Ethics* surveyed 43,321 U.S. high school students:

+30% of the teenagers admitted stealing from a store within the past year
+50% have cheated on a test during the past year
+50% say they bullied another young person during the past year.

A recent Dr. Phil show dealt with the topic of cyberbullying, which he says has become an epidemic.

In December 2008, Junior Achievement Worldwide polled
750 teens:

+34% said violence was ok to settle arguments

Folks, these are our future business leaders. Are you worried about the marketplace of tomorrow? Do you think kids today are worse, better, or the same than when you were in school? Weigh in with your opinion!

Did You Know?

Many Better Business Bureaus have an Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that serves the community as a resource. Contact the BBB nearest you to find out if they present ethics workshops in your community.

Examples of BBB Education Foundation programs include In Pursuit of Ethics, an interactive DVD workshop developed by the Toledo BBB, and the C.O.R.E. Values Program, which stands for Character, Optimism, Respect, and Ethics!

Schools are very concerned with ethics, as evidenced in Washington State by the PACE program, which stands for Partners Advancing Character Ethics, and which involves businesses, schools, kids, parents, an arena football league, and the faith-based community.


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About Holly Doering

Holly Doering has worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana for half a decade. Her areas of expertise include the CORE Values Program (Character, Optimism, Respect, Ethics) for Teens and Charity Review as well as writing and editing. Prior to that, she has written for two newspapers, a local magazine, and taught English at the community college. She is the proud author of a short story in ZYZZYVA literary magazine and has had good luck publishing lots of poetry. Each year she rolls up her sleeves and wades into the autumn Nanowrimo writing madness and has several unfinished novels to her credit.