Does Majoring in Education Make You More Religious?
My colleague Sean Cavanagh, over at Curriculum Matters, yesterday highlighted an interesting working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research on links between the choice of a college major and one's religiousness. One finding that caught my eye: Very religious people tend to choose education as a major, stick with it, and become more religious over time. In comparison, students who major in the physical sciences or social sciences become less religious.
I'm not surprised. I suspect that many teachers feel the need to turn to prayer quite often in the course of a day. What's the old saying about "no atheists in foxholes"?