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The Data Are In: Religious Private Schools Deserve a Second Look
William Jeynes, Public Discourse

A recent meta-analysis of 90 studies on religious private schools, traditional public schools, and charter schools shows that students perform best academically and behaviorally when they attend religious private schools.

A New Reason To Block Bans on Shari’ah Law: International Adoption
Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service

Governor’s veto keeps Missouri from becoming seventh state to ban foreign laws from state courts.

Business As Discipleship?
Vincent Bacote, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

What might be behind the fear that the church is attempting to move beyond its proper bounds and in some way “take over” or heavily meddle in the business affairs of congregants?

New York City Council Upholds Religious Freedom
Kristin Rudolph, Juicy Ecumenism

New York City’s approximately 40 congregations worshiping in public schools are one step closer to securing that contested freedom.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • lukuj

    This is no surprise. Standards for behavior are higher in most religious schools providing a better learning environment. Students in these schools tend to have a stronger moral base that has been taught as part of their religion. Private religious schools can and do expel students more easily than public schools can. Students know this, and so do parents. Parents who put their kids into these schools probably have a greater appreciation for the value of education to begin with or they wouldn’t make the extra effort. Lastly. parents are paying for their children to attend out of their own pockets, so they are more apt to demand their children do their part by behaving and learning as best they can, and they are more apt to do their part by supporting student learning at home and supporting the teacher by attending conferences, etc.