The Ethics of American Youth

A report card on students’ values, attitudes, and behavior

Every two years, Josephson Institute conducts a comprehensive survey of high school students across the country. This survey, called the Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth, measures their self-reported values, attitudes, and behavior.

The 2012 Report Card is based on responses from over 20,000 students across the nation. Results showed that most young people feel that ethics and character are important on both a personal level and in business, but they express very cynical attitudes about whether a person can be ethical and succeed. Moreover, an alarming number of students admitted to recently lying, cheating, and stealing.