Pew Research Report: Jews and Christians More Educated Than Atheists and Muslims
A new study by the Pew Research Center found that worldwide, Jews have the most years of formal education, followed by Christians, with atheists, Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus trailing behind.
The report suggested that differences in educational attainment are partly a function of where religious groups are concentrated throughout the world. For instance, most of the world’s Jews live in the United States and Israel – two especially developed countries with high levels of education.
But the study also noted that even within a given country there can be important differences in educational attainment. In sub-Saharan Africa, the report stated, Christians generally have higher average levels of education than Muslims, perhaps due to the importance placed on formal education within religious traditions or historical factors such as missionary activity during colonial times.
In its summary of the Pew report, the New York Times chose bury the lede regarding the educational accomplishments of Christians worldwide to underscore the situation of Christians vis-à-vis religious minorities in America, with its piece “Christians in U.S. Are Less Educated Than Religious Minorities, Report Says.”
The Pew study explained this situation by noting that religious minorities “often have more education, on average, than a country’s majority religious group, particularly when the minority group is largely foreign born and comes from a distant country.”