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A study conducted by the Josephson Institute of Ethics has found that the number of high school students who admit to cheating, lying or stealing has dropped for the first time in ten years. The survey is conducted every other year and includes a sample of 23,000 students from around the nation. The number of respondents who said had cheated on an exam dropped from 59 percent to 51 percent between 2010 and 2012, while the number of students who admitted to stealing from a store dropped from 27 percent to 20 percent. Though the overall numbers were good, the institute says the boys were more likely to be dishonest with 45 percent saying that felt a person has to lie and cheat occasionally compared to only 28 percent of women. Founder and President of the Institute Michael Josephson says he thinks the results offer hope and may indicate the beginning of a downward trend. He added, “Changes in children’s behavior of this magnitude suggest a major shift in parenting and school involvement in issues of honesty and character.”

—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Students across the country are displaying more character by Cathy Payne, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/11/25/high-school-students-cheating/1719297, Accessed November 25. 2012.

Proverbs 2:21 (ESV) For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,

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