Students who learn patriotism in public school can be the most successful in their school environments, a new study suggests.
“It is a very important topic, and I think that’s why we have such a high number of students in our schools that do this,” said the executive director of the National Center for Home Education and the Early Learning (NCHEL), who wasn’t involved in the study.
“We need to help kids learn about patriotism, and we need to educate them in a way that’s appropriate for their level of independence.”
The study examined the academic success of 4,749 kids ages 6 to 12 who participated in the National Home Education Survey, a nationally representative, multistate study of children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.
The survey also included children in special education who weren’t enrolled in regular school.
Researchers found that, on average, the kids who learned patriotic education had higher test scores on standardized tests and were more likely to earn college credit than their peers who didn’t learn it.
“They were also more likely than their non-pilgrims to be enrolled in college,” said lead author Michelle M. Gerson, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who conducted the study while working at the NCHEL.
Gerson and her colleagues also found that students who learned patriotism at home were more than four times more likely, on an academic scale, to achieve a college degree than students who didn