Private Alternative Christian Education Research Paper by Knota

A synthesis exploring private Christian education.
# 150941 | 1,645 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 15, 2012 in Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Education (General)

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This paper examines how research suggests that attending a private Christian school may have astounding benefits over a traditional public school. It looks at how studies prove that private Christian schools outperform their public counterparts in the following areas - academic achievement, safety and character education. The paper also looks at the argument that public schools cannot be selective when it comes to their enrollment and how attending a private Christian school according to research, allows the student to feel safe, develop moral values, and academically excel.

From the Paper:

"Feeling safe at a private Christian school is one benefit research has proven, but William Jeynes a professor at California State University in Long Beach, is quick to point out in his article "Religion, Intact Families, and the Achievement Gap", that there are several factors that point to why private Christian schools offer an environment that encourages a student to excel (3). For instance, Jeynes (Religion, Intact Families, and the Achievement Gap) used statistical analyses and found that "religious school students are more likely to have had parents, teachers, churches, and other factors invest in them . . ." (Jeynes, Religion 14). Higher academic achievement can be directly associated with factors such as these, Jeynes explains (Jeynes, Religion 14). He claims that "character education" is a principal area where public school officials are trying to follow the example that private Christian schools emphasize (Jeynes Religion 18). Additionally, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 allows funds for character education. This education is meant to teach educators techniques of how to blend character building into what is being taught in the classroom. "

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Altonji, Joseph G., Todd E. Elder, and Christopher R. Taber. "Selection on Observed and Unobserved Variables: Assessing the Effectiveness of Catholic Schools." Journal of Political Economy 113 (2005): 151-184.
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  • Bush, George W. "News & Policies." The Whitehouse. Government of the United States of America. Bowling Green. 24 June 2007 <>.
  • Goldhaber, Dan D. "School Choice: an Examination of the Empirical Evidence on Achievement, Parental Decision Making, and Equity." Educational Researcher. December (1999): 1-10.

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