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“A New Era in Literacy and Education”

Educators from several African Nations at APS Spanish Lake
Educators from several African nations were among the 2,500 attendees to participate in Applied Scholastics International’s grand opening and weekend workshops, where they cracked the newly-published Study Technology texts.
Little more than a year from that initial decision, on Saturday, July 26, 2003, Slaughter’s core group of Applied Scholastics International staff stood shoulder to shoulder with others from around the world who are also steadfast in their dedication to improving the quality of education. More than 2,500 educators, government officials, corporate executives and area residents joined them to participate in the opening of the new Applied Scholastics International Headquarters.

Adding to the excitement of the day was a host of celebrity supporters to help officially open the center’s doors. Actors Tom Cruise, Jenna Elfman, Anne Archer and world-renowned musician Isaac Hayes joined the Member of Congress representing the Spanish Lake area in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Secretary of State for Education of the Gambia, and an advisor to the Danish Ministry of Education for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“Today our long-sought dream has become a reality,” Slaughter stated at the ribbon cutting. “The opening of this campus here at Spanish Lake truly marks a new era in literacy and education.”

In the keynote speech of the event, Tom Cruise spoke of what makes the Study Technology such a key tool for every individual. “Study Technology works. It can turn around anyone’s education difficulties and change one’s life. It’s applicable to people at every level of society, every nationality, every age.” (See “Not Even the Sky is the Limit with Study Technology”.)

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The new Applied Scholastics campus in Spanish Lake is there to make these methods broadly known to the hundreds of thousands of educators in schools and universities around the world who are so desperate for a solution to today’s educational crisis.

Under the direction of Slaughter, Applied Scholastics’ new facility will train teachers, corporate trainers, mentors, tutors and education consultants from around the world, supplementary to their existing education with Mr. Hubbard’s precise system for learning any subject.

“It is not that educators are unwilling or unable to teach,” Ms. Slaughter told her grand opening audience. “It is a matter of a missing link between their teaching and the comprehension of their students. And it is not that students are unwilling or unable to learn. It is a matter of the gap in their education — the subject of study itself, their very ability to learn.

“And that is what we provide as a solution — the remedy of the crucial gap in learning...

“There has never been a central training center. It was all happening one-on-one — the technology being passed from one person to the next. So this center is a first, and it is exclusively dedicated to training educators at every level: tutors, mentors and teachers — those who deal with these problems on a day-to-day basis.

The campus’ curriculum includes workshops and courses ranging from educational basics all the way to advanced teaching strategies and methodologies, as well as several continuing education courses and postgraduate credits.

But beyond that, Bennetta envisions a broader goal; she envisions the center creating a ripple effect throughout society — making a greater level of literacy a reality in towns and cities across the nation, including Clearwater. “In this way, I feel I never left, and that every day I am still doing my part for Clearwater — which obviously holds a special place in my heart and always will.”

What is Applied Scholastics?

Applied Scholastics is an educational organization that licenses private schools, community literacy centers and tutors utilizing humanitarian and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard’s teaching and learning methods. The organization has trained more than 64,000 teachers and educators internationally since 1972.

And the need for this technology has never been greater. With literacy rates plummeting in America and worldwide, today there are millions who are functionally illiterate, unable to compete in the workplace and only partially capable of leading productive lives.

Mr. Hubbard developed study technology in the 1960’s when he saw that declining educational standards were profoundly affecting the learning abilities of people he was attempting to instruct. His investigation into this phenomenon, and his research regarding the basic laws of education, led to a revolutionary development in the field: a technology of study that anyone can use, as student or teacher.

As educators throughout the world learned of Hubbard’s breakthroughs, they began to utilize them in their own work, thus forming the roots of what is now Applied Scholastics.

To date, more than 3.4 million people have been helped through Applied Scholastics worldwide. Mr. Hubbard’s study technology is used in programs conducted by more than 415 educational organizations in 54 countries on six continents. Today thousands of teachers in universities and school systems use this advanced technology of study internationally.

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