I guess the same could be said for the present and past, but bear with me for just a moment. I read an article the other day about cheating amongst high school and college students. I have to say, I was fairly disheartened.
According to a study done at Duke University in 2005, approximately 75% of students actively cheat whether it be cheating on tests or plagiarizing their papers. Of the students they studied, 40% of them said that they found nothing wrong with their cheating.
"Holy shit" right? That's what I said anyway. I actually never cheated on anything in school. I do have a sense of integrity, and I was always afraid of being caught. Plus, I felt like the only ones that cheated were the dumb kids that couldn't hack it.
But the kids cheating today are the so-called high achievers. Their justification? They say that it's impossible to meet the unrealistic demands and expectations placed upon them by society, their parents, and colleges. Entry to college has become so competitive, that these students simply can't make the necessary grades to continue on with their education.
Hopefully all of you see this as a big problem and join me in weeping for the future. Not only are we doomed to have a bunch of morons one day running things, but they're going to be dishonest morons who think it's okay to cheat in order to get ahead. Sure, it's already like that, but at least the liars and cheats are somewhat educated.
So what the fuck? What do we do with shit like this? I don't rightly know. Somehow, the kids have the idea that it's okay to cheat. Is it any wonder when we see people getting away with cheating the system every single day? And it's not just the mega-rich that did stupid shit to tank the economy: it's the welfare cheats as well.
I think we might be boned. Maybe you think differently. What do you all think?
Edit: Lo and fucking behold, this comes to light. College administrator resigns over fake SAT scores. There is little hope, I think.