CHOOSING THE FIELD OF BATTLE received the kindness of a link at this post. The author tends to come across as ambivalent and noncommital. He is not. I seriously doubt any blogger is either ambivalent and noncommital in his heart, and this one is an Atheist who use to be a Christian. Nevertheless, he only sort of favors school choice, and not for religious reasons.
What I think the author of “Education Does Matter” misses is the motivational aspects of belief. In the comments the author offers this observation.
“That point you make about parents caring about the education their kids receive is a very important one. Quality parenting on that front seems to be a decisive indicator on whether a child will learn at all, let alone in what surrounding.”
To accomplish anything in this world, we must have the tools we need, and a good education provides those tools. Parents pass on their beliefs to their children, and those too are tools, tools of a higher sort. In addition to instructing us in how to do things, a good education tells us what we should try to accomplish and why. Those are the tools provided by a good religious education, and that is why no education is complete without religious instruction.