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Survey: Majority of Americans Say Disintegrating Culture Makes It Tough to Raise Kids Today

Are you one of those folks who thinks the culture is going down the tubes, and that raising kids and grandkids to have good morals and ethics is basically impossible now?


If so, recently-released results from a survey conducted by the American Culture and Faith Institute (ACFI) reveal that you are in no way alone.

The data indicates that just over half of all Americans believe the current culture pervasive throughout the United States exerts a net negative influence on those kids age 18 and younger.

As you might imagine, those numbers go up significantly among people who self-identify as having a decidedly spiritual orientation.

66 percent of adults who say they are “born-again” see the culture as negatively impacting children, overall, while a whopping 93 percent of those claiming to maintain a “Biblical worldview” say the culture is yielding a negative effect on young people.

And as far as they’re concerned, things only get worse from here.

60 percent of survey respondents say they believe it will be even more challenging 10 years down the road to raise kids with Biblically-centered values, while another 29 percent say that to do so will be about as difficult as it is right now. A mere 11 percent of respondents say that raising kids will actually be easier in 10 years.

Weighing in on the results, ACFI executive director George Barna asked the $64,000 question.

“Culture is the inescapable context in which children are raised,” he noted. “But it is adults, including parents, who shape and control that culture. If adults believe our culture is harmful to children — including their own — then why aren't they changing it?”

Why, indeed?

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large