Church Attendance Boosts Student GPAs
I think this research just proves by having your kids participate in extracurricular activities such as sports teams, church, and volunteering keeps their head straight and off the streets.
I remember learning about this in University where New York City set up night time basketball courts wanting to provide activities for people to participate in at night. Statistics show that this project lowered crime rate in the city by a major percentage. These two examples are mutually exclusive, but there is a hint of similarity in the fact that when you provide activities for people to do, it takes their mind off negative practices.
If you want to boost your teenager's grade point average, take the kid to church. Or, a new study suggests, find some similar social activity to involve them in.
Researchers found that church attendance has as much effect on a teen's GPA as whether the parents earned a college degree. Students in grades 7 to 12 who went to church weekly also had lower dropout rates and felt more a part of their schools.
On average, students whose parents received a four-year college degree average a GPA .12 higher than those whose parents completed high school only. Students who attend religious services weekly average a GPA .144 higher than those who never attend services, said Jennifer Glanville, a sociologist at the University of Iowa.
Factors to why students do better:
They have regular contact with adults from various generations who serve as role models. Their parents are more likely to communicate with their friends' parents. They develop friendships with peers who have similar norms and values. They're more likely to participate in extracurricular activities.
I personally think that this GPA study would be similar if it was conducted on teenagers who participate in sports. I would think that their GPA would be higher than people who do not do sports and also with a lower dropout rate.