Globe and Cross  Christ Lutheran School

   Training Minds, Shaping Hearts & Transforming Lives to

                     Engage the World with Jesus Christ!

        Since 1988 - 7701 Candelaria Rd NE - Albuquerque, NM 87110 - (505) 884-3876

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(505) 210-3663

2 Year Olds through 8th Grade

Answer to Question 9

What matters most in the development of a child for a life-time of success?

Answer: To really understand the unique advantage of a Christian school, let’s return to the issue of why Christian school kids are twice as likely to graduate with a four-year college degree, with all the life advantages that entails.

We often over-focus our improvement efforts on academics to the detriment of character. Read this next quote carefully:

“…[Our] culture is saturated with an idea you might call the cognitive hypothesis; the belief, rarely expressed along but commonly held nonetheless, that success today gets measured on IQ tests ….

But in the past decade, and especially in the past few years, a disparate congregation of economists, educators, psychologists, and neuroscientists have begun to produce evidence that calls in question many of the assumptions behind the cognitive hypothesis.

What matters most in a child’s development, they say, is not how much information we can stuff into her brain in the first few years. What really matters, instead, is whether we are able to help her develop a very different set of qualities, as list that includes persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit, and self-confidence. Economists refer to these as non-cognitive skills, psychologists call them personality traits, and the rest of us sometimes think of them as character.

A common sense view here is that students achieve more as a consequence of the Christian values taught at private Christian schools. That view is proven by solid research, most notably by William Jeynes in two separate meta-analysis studies. (Note: a meta-analysis is a study that compiles all of the data from all other studies on the subject.) Summarizing the findings of the latest of these studies, Jeynes comments:

"Students who attend private religious schools attain educational levels that average about twelve months ahead of those attending regular public schools. Even when the meta-analysis employed sophisticated controls, which included measures for socioeconomic status, selectivity, gender, and race, youth who attended faith-based schools achieved at levels seven months ahead of both TPS [public] and public charter school students.

One of the most intriguing results of the student is that the racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps are roughly 25 percent narrower in religious private schools than in public schools …

The meta-analysis focused primarily on scholastic performance, but it also examined student behavior. The results indicated that youth from faith-based schools maintained even a larger edge in behavior than they did in school academics. That is, pupils from religious schools exhibited fewer behavior problems, even when socioeconomic status, selectivity, race, and gender were also controlled for. This translates into fewer gangs, lower levels of drug abuse, and greater racial harmony than one typically finds in public schools …

Many people, even this researcher, expected public charter school students to perform somewhere in between the levels achieved by students attending faith-based schools and those attending traditional public schools, given that they were trying to mimic certain aspects of private religious schools.

To the extent that neither traditional public schools nor charter schools are succeeding on a broad scale, it appears that the best hope for American education is religious private schools. Not only are they considerably more economically efficient, but their students also achieve better academic and behavioral results. The nation should therefore rethink its strategy of espousing charter schools and overlooking the benefits of faith-based education."

As bluntly as I can say it: success in college and life is a combination in which academics is no more than half the equation. Character Matters!

To learn more about the benefits of a Christ centered education, schedule an Educational Success Consultation with our administrator.