Published Online: October 23, 2006

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Many High School Students Have Questionable Ethics, Survey Says

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A large percentage of high school students continue to have deep-seated habits of dishonesty, suggests a survey from the Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics in Los Angeles.

According to the national survey of 36,000 high school students, 60 percent admitted having cheated on a school test in the past year, and 35 percent said they had done so two or more times. Sixty-two percent admitted they had lied to a teacher about something significant in the past year. One-third of all respondents said they had used the Internet to plagiarize an assignment, according to the annual survey, which has been conducted since 1992.

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