Parents everywhere attempt to find what will help their kids succeed in school and beyond. In recent studies, common factors such as gender, race, socioeconomic status, and parents’ education were all considered. Surprisingly, a strong faith in God proved to have a great impact on whether or not boys succeed in school.
As many want the best for their kids, parents have turned to extensive tutoring, competitive sports, extracurricular activities, and advanced placement (AP) classes to help their kids get better grades and get a jump on their college careers.
In a recent study, Ilana Horwitz, assistant professor at Tulane University and author of God, Grades, and Graduation, concluded that Christian boys perform better at school. In fact, “boys from lower middle-class families particularly benefit from religious restraint.”
“Teenage boys from working-class families, regardless of race, who were regularly involved in their church and strongly believed in God were twice as likely to earn bachelor’s degrees as moderately religious or nonreligious boys,” Horwitz shared in a guest essay for The New York Times.