Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Religion Today Blog Christian Blog and Commentary

Study: Faith, Family Most Important to Reduce Race-Based Achievement Gap

  • Religion Today
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2012 Mar 14
  • Comments

March 14, 2012

According to a new study, the race-based achievement gap -- the statistic that whites, on average, do better in school than blacks and Latinos -- is greatly reduced among blacks and Latinos who have high levels of religious participation, personal religiosity and parental involvement, the Christian Post reports. William Jeynes, professor of education at California State University and author of the study, said the most important factor that correlated with blacks and Latinos closing the achievement gap with whites was religion -- being actively involved in a religious institution and placing a high personal importance on faith. A stable family -- either a two-parent home or a high rate of parental involvement in the student's education -- was the second most important factor in narrowing the gap. Interestingly, Jeynes found that programs designed to reduce the achievement gap only had a small, insubstantial impact. "In a public school setting, we should not proselytize, but if a child already has [a high level of religiosity], why not give a gesture of encouragement," Jeynes said. "Faith is excluded from any such conversation and I really believe that's hurting kids."

Follow Crosswalk.com