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Religious Schools Close Race-Based Education Gap

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by Ray Nothstine, The Christian Post

Government policies have been ineffective, while Christian schools have been effective, in reducing the achievement gap in education, according to a published study by William Jeynes, a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton and a professor at California State University-Long Beach.

The education gap that exists between white and African American students is formally referred to as the achievement gap. It highlights the disparity between school performance that is tied to race and shows up in test scores, graduation rates, and college enrollment rates.

Jeynes pointed to factors, such as faith and family dynamics in the July issue of Education & Urban Society as helping to close that gap, especially noting “religious faith among children of color has a considerable impact in alleviating the achievement gap.”

“In Christian schools the achievement gap is 25 percent narrower than in public schools and this emphasis on purpose in life and self-discipline is likely part of the reason,” Jeynes found.

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