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December 16, 2013
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Letter: Morals and integrity no longer the norm

Where are our values now?

According to Lyles et al. (2009), norms are not simply habits. Often based on culture and tradition, they are attitudes, beliefs, and standards that we take for granted. In other words, norms pattern our behavior. They are environmental signals telling people what is OK and not OK to do. Norms describe what actually occurs and also signify a standard of proper behavior.

Is society in general losing its morals and integrity based on what is considered a “norm?” What has happened to wholesome television, or doing what is right even though you think no one is watching? How do we expect our children to develop into caring and considerate individuals if all they are ever exposed to is rudeness, violence and sexuality at a young age? If parents believe in morals and integrity, they will continue to struggle with their children for the reason that society’s norms have been altered.

Where and when did this change take place? Was it so gradual that no one really noticed until it was too late, or was it always accepted? What happened to telling your child “no” and they accepted it and didn’t argue with you. It appears that fewer children respect their parents and take what they have to say as being important and for their own good. Then again, examine the video games, the television programs and the population raising children in the last five to 10 years. I fear we may be failing the next generation and my child is one of them. However, it is up to all adults, not just the parents to change society’s perspective.

Tammy Stever


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