As a former educator I found the article I mention below fascinating. I've been saying for years that sending kids to Christian schools or homeschooling them has been what has destroyed the public schools. I don't believe the schools have gone down because prayer was taken out. The states that had prayer were mostly in the South. Five Southern states had and still have the worst performing in America. On the other hand, out here in Southern California I've found nobody I know who ever heard of prayer or Bible reading in the public schools--not my mother who went to school here in the nineteen teens and twenties; not two friends who attended public schools in Los Angeles in the 1940's and 50's, and not me who attended in the 1950s and early '60s. Yet we always had the best schools in the nation. Sadly, since the 1970s the schools here have gone down because of two reasons IMO. What happened here in the 1960s with the undisciplined, hang loose nature of the culture change affecting and infecting the schools; and, added to that, all the immigration and non-English speaking students pulling academics down (I'm not blaming them for not speaking English when they enter schools, I am simply making an observation).
In the September issue of Christianity Today magazine is a look at students who go to four types of schools and how they turn out as adults.
One type is the Catholic school student--They are most likely to earn a high income and to make political contributions. They are least likely to accept church leadership authority. Now that is strange isn't, when considering the strong Catholic priest leadership model.
Another type is the Christian Evangelicallal Protestant (the magazine calls it Conservative Protestant)--They are most likely to want a job that helps others, have a large family and read the Bible more. They are least likely to have a job that pays well, feel helpless dealing with problems of life, or engage in political boycotts or contributing to political causes.
The third type attended Nonreligious Private schools--They are most likely to spend time volunteering, also be involved in political campaigns and marry later in life. They are least likely to stay put in one community, have a large family or know people in positions of power like politicians or CEO's.
The fourth type is the one the survey calls Religious Homeschooled-They are most likely to get a job that pays well, feel helpless in dealing with the problems of life, lack clear goals or direction, accept church leadership authority or feel prepared for a vibrant religious life. I find this fascinating since homeschool for Christians has been so touted.
The last type is the Public School grad--They are more likely to want a job that benefits society, spend time volunteering, express an interest in politics and know a community leader. They are least likely to be prepared for relationships of have a vibrant religious life.
You can see the entire survey in Christianity Today magazine online here.
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