A national survey of 24,763 high-schoolers found 62 percent of them admitted cheating on a school test in the past 12 months, 27 percent stole something from a store during that period, and 40 percent admit they “sometimes lie to save money.”
In a telling twist, nearly a third didn’t even tell the truth on the integrity survey: 29 percent of the students polled by the Josephson Institute of Ethics ‘fessed up to fibbing on one or two of the more than 60 questions.
But, despite owning up to dishonest behavior, a whopping 98 percent of the students believe “honesty and trust are essential in personal relationships” ó and 83 percent said at least half their acquaintances would put their name on a list of “the most ethical people they know.”
Depends who you know.
Most students agreed that “in the real world, successful people do what they have to do to win, even if others consider it cheating.”