by Will Jones, Faith and Politics:
An important new study from the US has shown that family and faith make the biggest difference to a person’s success in education.
William Jeynes, Professor of Education at California State University, has brought together for the first time the findings of 30 studies looking at the influences on educational achievement in order to discover what has the biggest impact overall.
The answer was unequivocally that it is faith and family that make the difference. In particular, for family, coming from a two-biological-parent family and high levels of parental involvement are the key factors.
Jeynes notes these are interrelated: ‘When two parents are present, this maximizes the frequency and quality of parental involvement.’
For faith, it was regularly attending church (or other place of worship) and defining oneself as a very religious person that had the biggest impact.
Jeynes suggests this is because faith ‘can give a person a sense of purpose in life and a disciplined lifestyle that supports academic success.’
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