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New Research on Self-Discipline and Catholic Schools Featured in Wall Street Journal

The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal recently ran an op/ed about the results of a study conducted for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute by University of California-Santa Barbara associate professor Michael Gottfried and doctoral student Jacob Kirksey, which found statistically meaningful evidence that students in Catholic schools exhibited less disruptive behavior than their counterparts in other schools.

The authors looked at specific national data on elementary school students collected under the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study for the National Center for Education Statistics. They compared children in Catholic schools with those in public schools and other private schools, religious and secular.

 “According to their teachers, Catholic school children argued, fought, got angry, acted impulsively, and disturbed ongoing activities less frequently,” the authors said. Students in Catholic schools “were more likely to control their temper, respect others’ property, accept their fellow students’ ideas, and handle peer pressure.”

Read the article about the study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, or the Wall Street Journal’s op/ed.

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