Edward Wynne, an education professor at the University of Illinois, has noticed an interesting pattern in the behavior of young people.

Wynne notes that "the most improved indicator is youth drug use - and a major cause for that improvement has been the rising adult determination to strenuously discourage such use. If adults have similar strong, clear opinions about other forces which affect youth character, those forces, too, will improve."Most parents, of course, do have firm opinions about right and wrong - but the public schools and the entertainment media often neutralize their ideals instead of reinforcing them. Until the elites that control those institutions accept what Wynne calls "the majority's pro-character values," our children's behavior will continue to reflect our culture's mixed messages.