What Is Education For? A Conversation About the Impact of Religious Schools

Over the past decade, many of us have been delving into, reading voraciously, and discovering insights from the Cardus Education Survey. This research was first conducted in 2011 in Canada, but then was expanded to the U.S. shortly after. The research is focused on discovering the unique outcomes of Christian and non-religious independent school sector graduates on academic, social, political, religious, and spiritual measures by comparing those graduates to public school sector graduates.

Here are some unique findings for Protestant Evangelical graduates:

  • They exhibit a more distinct religiosity as their beliefs and practices tend to be more traditional and orthodox.
  • They volunteer and give within their community in distinct ways that will intrigue churches and local community leaders.
  • They do not fit the political stereotypes and tend to be less politically engaged.
  • They are significantly more likely to finish a college degree with a career focus in Social Service professions.

There is so much more in the research, but I hope that these findings can trigger conversations for growth, development, and improvement in education in general, but for Christian schools in particular. I hope that you enjoy this podcast conversation I had with Beth Green, a former Program Director and now Senior Fellow of Cardus Education.

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