Religion has played a great role in the marked improvement in academic performances of most African-Americans and has been one of the reasons for the reduced dropout rates of African-Americans over the years (Dewey, 1938). Ethics and morals are often associated with religion. Religion champions for virtues such as respect for one another, tolerance to varied views, active listening, engagement in constructive dialogue, hard work, honesty, and so on – all of which are attributes that promote success in the classroom set up and aids in keeping students in schools. It also promotes the ethos of opening up freely about concerns or problems with teaching, content, coverage, and so on. Religion has effectively inculcated in most of these students personal values outside school/ class rules that encourage proper academic results and achievements.
An example in mind is when I conducted a brief interview/ survey of sampled students in class about what would prompt one to steer clear of what we termed ‘academic threats’ such as apathy in class, indiscipline, intolerance, drug abuse, unplanned pregnancies, and so on. 2% of my interviewees cited their childhood upbringing as the reasons to stay focused and on track, 3% cited the fear of repercussion (by school authorities, police, and so on), 5% cited example they have been laid for by their peers and family members while a whopping 90% of those I question cited religion. ...Show more