According to this morning's Washington Post parents would do better to spend less effort and funds on SAT prep classes, swim practices, etc and simply take their children to church. This is the conclusion of a commission last year at Dartmouth Medical school. My headline betrays my general cynicism about the news media. When responsible research demonstrates that religion tends to improve children's physical. emotional and academic performance, it is news. Give the Post credit; they put it on the front page of Sunday's Style section. If you want to delve into the entire report try the Institute of American Values.