Personal faith is important in understanding life, happiness, and achieving success. Although many Christians hope that because they practice their faith at home and in church that their child will 'get it'. That is just simply not what the research is showing. Studies now indicate that children begin to lose their faith in the early elementary years because of their secular educational training (even if that training is done in a secular school by Christian teacher who cannot significantly practice their faith at school). A recent Cardus study found that "attending a Protestant Christian school seems to have impacted graduates' choice to stay within the Christian faith into adulthood (Pennings, et al. 2011)"