It turns out that there’s a link between Catholic schools and self control. At least that’s what Michael Gottfried, Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Jacob Kirksey, a doctoral student at UCSB, found in a study for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
Specifically, according to the Fordham Institute, they found that:
1.”Students in Catholic schools are less likely to act out or be disruptive than those in other private schools or in public schools. According to their teachers, Catholic school children argued, fought, got angry, acted impulsively, and disturbed ongoing activities less frequently.”
2.”Students in Catholic schools exhibit more self-control than those in other private schools or public schools. Specifically, they were more likely to control their temper, respect others’ property, accept their fellow students’ ideas, and handle peer pressure.”
3.”Regardless of demographics, students in Catholic schools exhibit more self-discipline than students in public schools and other private schools. Thus, there is at least some evidence that attending Catholic school may benefit all sorts of children.”
Full story at academia.org.
Link adds nothing, at least that I saw, to what was in main story. A paragraph or two describing how study was conducted, areas of country included, etc. would add much needed background.
Interesting. I currently teach at a Catholic elementary school but previously taught at a public school. The big difference? The parents of my current students are more involved in their child’s education mainly because they have more time and resources than the public school parents. The parents of my current students are also much wealthier.