Christians in U.S. Are Less Educated Than Religious Minorities, Report Says

Dec 15, 2016

By Liam Stack

Religious minorities in the United States are far more likely to have attended college or a vocational school than members of the Christian majority, according to a review of census and survey data from 151 countries released on Tuesday that found wide gaps in education among followers of the world’s major religions.

The review was based on data from 2010 and was conducted by the Pew Research Center, which also found an education gap between men and women within religious groups. The researchers said the educational differences among the faiths were rooted in immigration policies that favor the educated, as well as in political, economic and historical factors.

There were 267 million Christians in the United States when the data was collected, but only 36 percent of them had a postsecondary education, including college or a vocational school, the researchers said. That made them the least-educated religious group in the country.


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7 comments on “Christians in U.S. Are Less Educated Than Religious Minorities, Report Says

  • @OP – There were 267 million Christians in the United States when the data was collected, but only 36 percent of them had a postsecondary education, including college or a vocational school, the researchers said. That made them the least-educated religious group in the country.

    While immigrants bringing in specialist skills, will account for some differences, the number of evangelicals and fundamentalists meddling in US education must have a downgrading effect on standards.

    “Ignorant and proud of their ignorance” anti-intellectual attitudes, in parents, preachers, and community leaders, must down-grade standards when children are looking to role models.



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  • Likely getting the cream of the crop from many nations studying or working overseas. Also at least here many of the kids from other countries very much value education as in their countries it is the difference between a comfortable life and poverty. Many Australian kids I teach couldn’t give a damn.



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  • This does not make sense to me:

    Conrad Hackett, the lead researcher, said that Christians in the
    United States were among the best-educated Christians on the planet
    but that only 20 percent of Christians worldwide had a postsecondary
    degree. Those in North America had 12.7 years of schooling on average,
    higher than the average of 9.3 years among Christians globally.

    How could 20% of Christians globally have a postsecondary degree with only 9.3 years of schooling?



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  • Roedy writes:

    How could 20% of Christians globally have a postsecondary degree with only 9.3 years of schooling?

    They don’t. We are talking about averages. 20% of Christians globally could have a post-secondary degree and also have more than 9.3 years of schooling even as the rest of the population has fewer than 9.3 years of schooling.



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  • The tendency to embrace religious doctrines or dogma has consistently been INVERSELY related to intellect.
    Which should come as no surprise to anyone capable of critical thinking and the ability to separate their core identity from their cultural/parental indoctrination.
    Humans excel at both deception and cognitive dissonance, which allows otherwise seemingly intelligent individuals to embrace (at least social) christianity… or some other cultish musings.
    Thankfully, the world is inching toward secularism… and even in the “home schooled” USA, those attending church regularly continues to decline.
    The US just updated a “religious freedoms act” (or something akin to that phrase) that specifically provides protections to those of NO FAITH.
    Our secular Constitution really does not need such adornments, but with the evangelicals on board the Trump’d crazy train, i’ll take all the recognition sane folks can get.



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  • Spin-oza #5
    Dec 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    The tendency to embrace religious doctrines or dogma has consistently been INVERSELY related to intellect.

    Especially when indoctrination conflicts with human welfare!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38580278

    A row has broken out between the Vatican and the Knights of Malta, an ancient Catholic order, after a top official was sacked over a contraception scandal.

    It followed revelations that the Knights’ charity branch had distributed thousands of condoms in Myanmar.

    The Catholic Church forbids the use of artificial contraception.

    Mr Boeselager has said he did not know about the condom distribution programme, which was an anti-HIV and family planning initiative, and stopped it when he learned of its existence.



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  • Meanwhile, – the Catholic Church throughout the world, continues to oppose social improvements and promotes poverty and overcrowding among the uneducated!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-38591581

    Government agencies in the Philippines have been ordered to offer free contraceptives to an estimated six million women who cannot obtain them.

    President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, especially among the poor.

    His executive order is expected to face fierce opposition from the Roman Catholic Church.

    Mr Duterte’s predecessor had to fight for years to pass a bill extending the use of contraceptives in the country.

    But the Supreme Court placed a temporary ban on the distribution of contraceptive implants under the law in 2015 after complaints from anti-abortion groups. The government has appealed.

    More than 80% of Filipinos are Roman Catholics, according to the Pew Research Center.

    The push to achieve “zero unmet need for family planning” is an important part of the Philippines’ plans to cut poverty, Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

    The government wants to cut the poverty rate to 13% by 2022, down from 21.6% last year, he added.

    He said the government believed contraceptive provision was “pro-life, pro-women, pro-children, and pro-economic development”.

    Mr Duterte’s executive order prioritises getting contraceptives to two million women identified as poor by 2018.

    The department of education has also been asked to provide “gender sensitive and rights-based” sex education in schools, CNN Philippines reports.

    The Philippines is the only country in the Asia-Pacific where the rate of teen pregnancies has risen over the last two decades, according to the UN.



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