Three Cheaters–One Truth


Lance Armstrong, Enron, Bernie Madoff…the list of American cheaters could go on forever. But what does that have to do with my child rearing? It is pretty simple. Everywhere this generation of young people turns, they see in action Machiavelli’s famous quote, “The ends justify the means.”

A recent survey found that 60% of high school students admitted to cheating in the last year. And, it’s not limited to below average students as revealed by a recent widespread scandal at Harvard. Our kids, just like us, are never immune to the temptation to cut corners.

Integrity is an area where we have got to be intentional with our kids. Proverbs 22:1 tells us that a “good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.”

We know this.

The truth is that the sad reality for this generation is that cheating is more socially acceptable and modeled by almost every aspect of our culture. When was the last time we sat down with our kids and had a conversation about integrity to counter what they see in our culture everywhere they look? And if we do not get this nailed down in the minds of our kids today, what are the ramifications for them as adults?


Until next time,



About Jeffrey D. Potts, Ed.D.

Raised on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, Jeff Potts, Ed.D., grew up learning the importance of hard work and family values. A graduate of Baylor University, he has master’s degrees from two universities and earned his Ed.D. in teaching and learning from a fourth institution. Potts launched his pedagogical career in the 1990s, working full-time with students and parents. READ MORE→