Washington D.C., Jun 10, 2018 / 15:01 pm
Catholic elementary school students, regardless of race, sex, or socioeconomic status, have more self-control and self-discipline than their peers enrolled in either public schools or non-Catholic private schools, a recent study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found.
The study examined two surveys of the behavior of thousands of elementary school students enrolled in public, Catholic, and non-Catholic private schools.
According to the teachers in the surveys, students at Catholic schools engaged in fewer "externalizing behaviors," meaning they did not fight, get angry, act impulsively, or disturb ongoing activities as frequently as students at other schools.
What's more, Catholic school students are "more likely to control their temper, respect others' property, accept their fellow students ideas, and to handle peer pressure." This is true across demographic lines.