A new story hit the net last week regarding the relationship between church attendance and the grade point average of religious students.
The results didn’t surprise me.
“Researchers found that church attendance has as much effect on a teen's GPA as whether the parents earned a college degree. Students in grades 7 to 12 who went to church weekly also had lower dropout rates and felt more a part of their schools.” In fact, going to church weekly will have a greater impact on the GPA then if both parents had college degrees!
“Other studies have shown that regular church-goers breathe easier and live longer. And kids whose parents go to church are better behaved and more well-adjusted.”
Researchers, however, seem to think that religion itself isn’t what’s do it but rather the “social networks” associated with religion. Now I’m no researcher, but I can tell you from the countless numbers of youth I’ve worked with, that youth who take their faith seriously tend to be adjusted and best-equipped for the world around them.
So parents out there, take Faith seriously and watch your children grow in more ways than just education!