Bible Helps with Achievement?
May 13, 2012 Leave a comment
In a recent article on the World on Campus website discussed how students with a personal faith have a tendency to have higher levels of achievement. Please click the link and check out the article for yourself. I include a few tidbits here.
William Jeynes did a meta analysis of over 1000 studies to discover that for both African-American and Hispanic students having a strong personal faith actually closed the achievement gap with white students. Another key component that indicated achievement was when minority students were raised in traditional two parent homes.
When schools downplay the importance of scripture and scriptural principles, it creates conflicts for students from church-going backgrounds. These conflicts likely make it harder for students to develop the kind of strong internal faith that the study found influences higher achievement.
Excluding religion from the classroom has been the enforced norm since the early ’60s here in America. Since that time our test scores have steadily decreased. Turning back the clock on this would be difficult for many to even imagine let alone put into practice. But some people have already begun to bring the Bible in the classroom to study as literature and history which I blogged about back in January.
Do you think including Bible lessons in our public schools would improve our educational program?