Reasons to advocate for elected SchoolPrayer and Bible reading are quite numerous and run the gamut from preventing to minimizing crime in school, to helping prevent teen suicide, to improving student relationships and behavior, to improving students’ self-worth.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams shocked many people in February 2023 when he said, “When we took prayers out of schools, guns came in schools… Don’t tell me about no separation of church and state. State is the body. Church is the heart. You take the heart out of the body, the body dies.”

Researcher George Barna found that, “About three fourths of all people who have consciously, intentionally, and personally chosen to embrace Jesus Christ as their Savior did so before their 18th birthday,” (“The First Year of Launching A High School Ministry: The Launch Box, pg. 13).

First Liberty’s Jorge Gomez provided numerous stats on the positive benefits of religion in schools. In an article entitled Motivating Public Schools to Welcome Religious Expression (June 2, 2023), Gomez wrote, “Students’ religious faith is an asset for schools.

Research shows religion has a positive effect on academic achievement.”

Gomez cited research by Dr. William Jeynes, California State University, Long Beach, where he conducted a meta-analysis of 30 studies involving more than one million students learning what factors best reduced student achievement gap. The study found, “Of all the variables…religious faith had the highest effect.”

In that same article, Gomez reported that Ilana Horwitz, a researcher at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education determined that, “Religious students benefit because the faith community and the school community both build characteristics that help students’ develop. Both institutions want students to respect authority, be conscientious, cooperative and kind. Both want students to have a sense of purpose in life.”

Contrasting the positive factors of religious education, popular cultural trends have substantial deleterious effects on young people. Some of these trends include: