New Barna Study Says, Where You Go to School May Determine Your Belief in God

Recent studies raise myriad concerns about the spiritual state of Millennials. Whether it’s by claiming to be “spiritual but not religious,” opting for Progressive Christianity or dropping out of church altogether as one Barna study shows, the outlook for the souls of Millennials has been perplexing—until now. A newly released study conducted by Notre Dame’s sociology department reveals a better trend, depending on the K-12 school a student attends.

According to the new study “Good Soil: A Comparative Study of ACCS Alumni Life Outcomes,” three types of schools provide a better outcome than the median: religious home schools, evangelical Christian schools and classical Christian schools. Of these, graduates from the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) score noticeably and significantly higher in seven categories.

The study surveyed graduates from government schools and non-government schools, including non-religious independent schools, Catholic and Protestant schools and home schoolers. Among the many measured outcomes considered between the groups of graduates, one of the most notable discoveries is how much more likely ACCS alumni are to maintain the faith, and what this possibly implies about the connection between school environment and spiritual discipline.

The ACCS was founded in the early 1990s to reestablish a highly differentiated form of Christian education that had not been widely practiced for generations. The methodology is often referred to as the Christian paideia approach. This approach shapes and aligns all learning toward a system of knowledge in Christ.

This end is achieved through the integration of the trivium, which includes grammar, logic and rhetoric; interaction with the great historical texts; an in-depth study of language and the Bible; and cultivation of Christian virtues.

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SOURCE: Charisma News, David Goodwin