I know from speaking with many of you in our school community that the work of Cardus is becoming more and more well known. Cardus is a non-partisan, faith-based think tank and registered charity dedicated to promoting a flourishing society through independent research, robust public dialogue and thought-provoking commentary. One of the hallmarks of Cardus’ work has been its biennial survey of high school graduates designed to understand more deeply the effects of different school systems on students over time. For those of us who support Christian education, this work is very interesting and affirming of the outcomes of our schools. If you have not yet had a chance to read any of Cardus’ work, please take a few moments to check out their website; there are several really good articles on the value of Christian education there: https://www.cardus.ca/
Cardus will be releasing its latest research on Christian schooling in Canada shortly, but in the meanwhile I came across this article from its website that I found interesting when thinking about the effects of Christian schooling on young people across North America. Here are three key ways that Christian schools influence students as compared to other schooling systems:
- Christian school graduates report significantly higher belief in orthodox Christian teachings, such as the belief that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation and that the Bible is infallible in matters of faith and practice.
- Christian school graduates are much more likely to pray, read the Bible, attend church regularly, and tithe.
- Christian school graduates are less likely to switch religious affiliation or to turn from the faith of their childhood.
To read the whole article and/or to read the actual report, follow this link: https://www.cardus.ca/news/news-releases/three-key-ways-that-christian-schools-influence-students/.
In an era where church attendance is down in general and young people are increasingly leaving the faith they have grown up with, these findings stand out to me. The impact of even four years in a Christian high school is significant on a child’s life both now and possibly into eternity. It is a powerful thought when taken in that context.
Cardus does lots of interesting work like this and again, I would encourage you to become more familiar with this organization if you have not done so already. Happy reading!