Dumbest Generation Also the Most Dishonest?
Other findings from the survey:What we are likely to see, is a great deal of excuse-making instead. It is not surprising to see a rise in unethical behaviour among younger people, given the lack of any substantial ethical teaching from either the homes or the schools. Certainly the influence of religion has diminished significantly over the years, and can only continue to diminish with time.
# Cheating in school is rampant and getting worse. Sixty-four percent of students cheated on a test in the past year and 38 percent did so two or more times, up from 60 percent and 35 percent in a 2006 survey.
# Thirty-six percent said they used the Internet to plagiarize an assignment, up from 33 percent in 2004.
# Forty-two percent said they sometimes lie to save money — 49 percent of the boys and 36 percent of the girls.
Despite such responses, 93 percent of the students said they were satisfied with their personal ethics and character, and 77 percent affirmed that "when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know."
..."What we need to learn from these survey results is that our moral infrastructure is unsound and in serious need of repair. This is not a time to lament and whine but to take thoughtful, positive actions." _Source
We are living in a time between the ethical reign of religion, and the reign of anything credible enough ethically to take religion's place. Naturally, a huge gaping hole exists in children who have never learned ethics or morality. It does not happen by itself.
In the meantime, generations without ethics are likely to elect more "messiahs of the teleprompter" such as the narcissist-elect. Blank screens upon which dumb and ethically challenged young academically lobotomised humans can project their own poorly formed fantasies and dreams. This generation is also academically weak, shying away from difficult but vital professions such as engineering and math-intensive sciences--hoping for the "quick score" instead. Many of these impatient whiz kids no doubt found their way into the financial sector, and assisted in the downfall of financial markets recently.
Large numbers of this generation will find themselves dependent upon something or someone, to bail them out of problems they will continually find themselves causing. They will give lawyers a lot of business.