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The Link Between Academic Rigor And Decreased 'Risky' Behavior Among High Schoolers

A recent study found a more rigorous high school math and science curriculum correlated with decreased risky student behavior, like binge drinking and drug use.
Buses at Coral Shores High School in Tavernier, Fla., on Sept. 7, 2017. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

What happens when schools increase their math and science requirements? Well, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Health Economics, it’s correlated with decreased risky behavior, including binge drinking and drug use.

The study followed more than 100,000 students in 47 states over 10 years. Washington State University professor , who co-authored the study, speculates that a more rigorous curriculum not only gives

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