“Catholic school instills self-discipline in students, a virtue that will help students in studies and in later life.” A documented study reported in The Wall Street Journal, June 2-3, 2018, conducted by associate
professor Michael Gottfried and doctoral student Jacob Kirksey, found statistically relevant evidence indicating that Catholic schools, which place great focus on self-discipline, produce better behavior and academic performance in students.
The study offers three key conclusions:
- Catholic schools do not have to spend as much time or resources on addressing bad behavior, arguing among students, children acting impulsively, and students who cause classroom disturbances as other public, private and secular schools, because of the emphasis on self-discipline.
- If in effect these results reflect the Catholic school experience, other schools might consider replicating this effect through curriculum and with teachers and other adults who model self-discipline.
- The power of religion that positively effects student behavior cannot be underestimated. It is most effective in channeling youthful exuberance into fruitful self-discipline.
The article concluded by stating that “it is a tragedy for our nation” that Catholic schools close when they are most needed.