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What's the impact of education choice on young Christians?
Our survey noted that 81% percent were/are educated in public schools. In contrast, 5% were/are educated in Catholic and 6% in Protestant schools. Further, 2% were/are homeschooled with 1% using a secular and 1% a Christian curriculum.
The wellbeing of all students was relatively high at 4.6 (0 - 6 rating scale with 6 being the highest) with no differences noted between public and private education (P=0.18). Further, students seem to rate their education positively at 4.3, again with no differences between public and private education (P=0.44). However, there was an approximately 15% increase in those being educated in public schools who would choose to educate their own children privately (P>0.05).
These survey results are important because they indicate to the church that despite the availability of homeschooling and private education options, the vast majority of Christian students are being educated in public schools. This suggests the importance of church and family involvement in public school curriculum and teacher hiring.
All the findings of the survey, as well as other findings from Teleios Research, are on our website www.teleiosresearch.com.
Teleios, a non-profit foundation, seeks to demonstrate the truth of Scripture and the Christian faith through the scientific method by providing evidence for the positive results of a biblically-based lifestyle. Prior studies conducted by Teleios have shown that the practice of the Christian faith (praise, prayer, fellowship, service and Bible study) and security of salvation increases well-being while reducing guilt.