Religious communities teach the importance of respecting authority and being cooperative. Such lessons can boost classroom performance.

A book review by The Wall Street Journal:

“Drawing on 10 years of survey data with over 3,000 teenagers and over 200 interviews, “God, Grades, and Graduation” offers a revealing and at times surprising account of how teenagers’ religious upbringing influences their educational pathways from high school to college. Dr. Ilana M. Horwitz estimates that approximately one out of every four students in American schools are raised with religious restraint. These students orient their life around God so deeply that it alters how they see themselves and how they behave, inside and outside of church.”