Sending your kids to a private Christian school could help mitigate the effects of millennial drift, the aimless young adult wandering all parents dread.
According to a new survey by Canadian think tank Cardus, graduates from evangelical Protestant high schools are more likely to be married and have children in their early 30s than their public school counterparts. They’re also less likely to be separated or divorced.
The study evaluated three groups of schooling options: evangelical Protestant, Catholic, and public schools. When it comes to obtaining a degree in a timely manner, Catholic school graduates win out, with a 52 percent likelihood of obtaining a bachelor’s degree by age 24. Protestant school graduates have a 47 percent chance, while public school graduates have only a 38 percent chance.
When it comes to finding meaning and purpose in life, Protestant school graduates are less likely to prioritize making money and more likely to emphasize the importance of a close relationship with God. They’re also more likely to seek meaningful and challenging work.
The latest Cardus report is part of a larger project to evaluate the ways Christian education influences students into adulthood. Another report released earlier this year found Christian school graduates are more likely to retain their faith as adults. —L.J.