APPLIED SCHOLASTICS is a non-profit corporation founded in 1972 to
promote the use of study techniques created by
L. Ron Hubbard the
founder of the
Church of Scientology . Hubbard called his theories on
learning and education "study technology ." Applied
the "Hollywood Education and Literacy Project" (HELP), the World
Literacy Crusade , "Education Alive", and the "Literacy, Education and
Abilities Program" (LEAP).
Applied Scholastics' declared mission is: "to promote and develop
programs of effective education for educators, business trainers,
tutors, parents, children and people in all walks of life who need
improved study skills to enhance their scholastic, business and
It is regarded by critics as a front group for the Church of
* 2 Criticism and controversy
* 3 See also
* 4 Notes
* 5 Further reading
* 6 External links
Study Tech is a teaching methodology developed by
L Ron Hubbard .
Hubbard's theories on education describe three "barriers to
learning". First, the absence of mass, pertaining to the lack of a
physical object relating to a concept. Second, a steep study
"gradient", meaning a necessary previous step was skipped to master a
skill. Third, the "misunderstood word", which necessitates looking up
unclear words in the dictionary.
Students are taught that "misunderstood words" are a major cause of
confusion and misunderstanding. They are taught to use dictionaries
extensively. Emphasis is also put on making sure children are taught
at a "gradient", so that a subject's crucial elementary concepts come
before more difficult concepts. "Mass" is described as a measure of
mental tangibility that students ascribe to a subject, so that
students have a picture in their mind of the thing they are learning
Study tech to a number of schools
throughout the world. In return, these schools pay 4% of their gross
income to Applied Scholastics.
CRITICISM AND CONTROVERSY
Applied Materials settled a lawsuit for an estimated
$600,000. The lawsuit claimed that the three former employees who
filed the lawsuit had been driven out of the company because they had
complained about the seminars Applied
Scholastics had been contracted
to teach there. Applied
Scholastics said regarding the case, "In ten
years of business, we've never had anything come up like this."
In 1998, the group submitted five of its books for approval as
supplemental classroom texts to the California Department of Education
. The review board found no religious content to object to, although
they did object to the lack of portrayals of disabled persons and
people of color. The Southern California American Civil Liberties
Union , however, objected on the basis that the books used many of the
terms and concepts that the
Church of Scientology uses elsewhere in
Study Tech .
In the Aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina , Applied
the principal of Prescott Middle School in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana to
implement a program of Study Tech. Critics worried that the move was
"an insidious plan ultimately aimed at promoting Scientology."
However, Prescott's principal and two education experts claimed that
they "saw hidden
Scientology agenda or proselytizing in the text."
The school's principal felt that the program was worthwhile. In
October 2005, St. Louis Public
Schools superintendent Creg Williams
discovered the group's
Scientology connections and immediately advised
area principals to cease working with Applied Scholastics.
Additionally, CEO Bennetta Slaughter falsely claimed a "partnership"
with the Hazelwood School District in St. Louis.
Some parents were upset when Applied
Scholastics methods were
introduced in September 2008 at Bambolino Montessori Academy, a
private school in
Toronto . The owner/principal and dean of the school
are both Scientologists but they say that Applied
secular and that they do not teach Scientology.
A charter school group in Phoenix, Arizona has recently come under
criticism for using tools provided by Applied Scholastics.
World Literacy Crusade
* ^ Hollywood Education and Literacy Project Archived 2006-12-07 at
Wayback Machine .
* ^ "Scientology\'s Education Fronts - Applied Scholastics
International". studytech.org. 2007. Archived from the original on
* ^ Walsh, Mark. "Texts highlight scientology's role in
education.". Education Week. ISSN 0277-4232 .
* ^ ABLE license contract for the use of Applied Scholastics
PDF format. Archived March 18, 2005)
* ^ "Scientologizing".
Forbes . September 14, 1992. p. 25.
* ^ Szalanski, Andrea. "'Clearing' Johnny to read".
Free Inquiry .
18 (2): 12.
* ^ A B C D Farley, Robert (2007-05-20). "
Scientology makes it in
St. Petersburg Times . Archived from the original on
19 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
* ^ Hinman, Kristen (2005-10-26). "L Is for L. Ron - The state
approves a tutoring program linked to Scientology, and everybody cries
Riverfront Times .
Village Voice Media . Retrieved 2007-07-25.
* ^ "
Scientology link at Montessori school alarms parents". CBC
News. 2009-09-18. Archived from the original on 23 September 2008.
* ^ http://www.npr.org/2013/03/27/174441623/peter-o-dowd-tk
* Welkos, Robert W.; Sappell, Joel (1990-06-27). "Church Seeks
Influence in Schools, Business, Science".
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times .
* Behar, Richard (1991-05-06). "The Thriving Cult of Greed and
Power". Cover story. TIME Magazine . Archived from the original on 2
October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
* Walsh, Jeff (1998-03-01). "A broader look at the organization".
Inside the Church of Scientology.
Boston Herald . Missing or empty
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* Mallia, Joseph (1998-03-02). "
Scientology Unmasked - Milton school
shades ties to Scientology".
Boston Herald . Missing or empty url=
* Di Matteo, Enzo (1998-12-16). "
Scientology wants city\'s kids -
Controversial group tries to spruce up its image with its own brand of
back-to-basics schooling". NOW Magazine . Archived from the original
on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
* Doward, Jamie (2004-05-16). "Lure of the celebrity sect". Special
The Observer . Archived from the original on 6 November 2007.
* Jacobs, Robin (2004-09-01). "Is
Scientology in Your Schools?"
(PDF). The Humanist . Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-02-29.
* Hinman, Kristen (2005-12-07). "Applied Pressure - Should St. Louis
County grant tax breaks to Scientology-linked tutoring programs?".
Riverfront Times .