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The recently-released [sic] findings from an in-depth study of nearly 10,000 young adults show [sic] that Millennials who were homeschooled are less likely to leave the faith than individuals who attended private or public schools.
Late last month, Generations with Vision and the National Home Education Research Institute published the results of their Gen2 Survey. The study explores the correlations between different educational methods and the spiritual decisions of Millennials who were raised in the church.
"The purpose of the study is to examine these adults who were churched growing up and to understand the key influences which either encouraged or deterred them from believing and practicing the faith of their parents," said the survey's director and lead researcher, Dr. Brian Ray.
Using a sample size of 9,369 18- to 38-year-olds who were churched while growing up, the Gen2 Survey collected data on Millennials' educational backgrounds, worldviews, and religious beliefs. The study found that individuals who were homeschooled, attended church regularly, and had good relationships with their parents were most likely to remain involved in the Christian faith.
"Having a strong relationship with the child's mother and father, attending church as a child, and years homeschooled were all clearly positively associated with Millennials' basic Christian orthodoxy, broader biblical beliefs, Christian behaviors (e.g., attending church, keeping sex in marriage, prayer, not using pornography), satisfaction in life, civic and community involvement, and having beliefs similar to one's parents," Ray stated.
87% of study participants who were homeschooled said they have strong Christian beliefs. Conversely, Millennials who were enrolled in public schools or private Christian schools were more likely to walk away from the faith later in life. [emphasis added]
"Number of years in Christian school and number of years in public school were negatively associated with most of the adult beliefs and behaviors just mentioned," Ray explained.
I scoured libraries, bookstores, and online sellers for years until I found a Bible story book that I really like: Egermeier's Bible Story Book. My boys each read a story out loud each day to the rest of the family. I have heard that the earlier editions are the best. Mine is an old library copy from 1969. When we get to the end of the book, we start over at the beginning.
And, I can't say enough good about Apologia's worldview series. We have finished book 1: Who is God? and have passed it onto a friend. We are now in Book 2: Who am I? This is both my boys' favorite part of the homeschool day. I read out loud to them, and we answer questions together. My fourth grader told me this is the most important material he has learned in school.
On the right, you see a couple of the books from my fourth grader's stash of school books. I really like Apologia and A Beka publications: both publishers feature a Biblical worldview. We also use a lot of materials from The Critical Thinking Company, though those are secular. Here is my fourth-grade son's class schedule. Items in red are those that we do out loud together. You can see that I have made a point of incorporating Biblical teaching throughout the day.
But, the most important teaching of all comes from how you as a parent live your life and the words you speak to your children throughout the day. In the spirit of Deut. 6:7, talk to your children about Jesus all the time--in all the little things--while you are doing dishes, driving, surfing Facebook, feeding the animals, folding laundry, and so forth. Make sure that when your children think back on the time you spent with them growing up that the primary memory is that of talking to them about Jesus.
We also made the decision when my first son was born to cut the cable TV cord. We watched some TV programs off the antennae and kids videos when they were really little. No more. The boys and I have been TV-free for 6 years now. Instead, thanks to broadband internet, we listen to music and Biblical teaching on K-Wave and HisChannel. We also like the audio CDs by the Harrow Family. And, my sons have worship music by artists like Michael W. Smith loaded onto their electronic devices to listen to before bed.