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Education – The Fatal Flaw
 
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Three-Pronged Attack on Learning Difficulties

Hubbard’s breakthroughs arm educators with a three-pronged attack on learning difficulties — and life — in the 21st century:

  • First, and fundamental to learning, is the Study Technology. This technology results in students developing a knowledge and certainty about how to study and learn, with consequent improvement in educational — and therefore, life — proficiency. Students become adept at studying, doing so more effectively and efficiently, and they emerge from their studies with the ability to apply what they learn to their careers and other life situations.

  • Second is a philosophy of education, which focuses on how to prepare students to successfully meet the new demands and expectations that the 21st century brings. That is, to be truly independent, self-determined learners, knowing how to rapidly learn in the short bursts of education that the ever-evolving 21st century advances require.

  • Third is an approach, a core instructional method that facilitates self-paced, independent study, whether in a classroom or in the workaday world, whether by the youngest of pupils or the most seasoned of professionals. This approach answers the problem of how to structure an educational program that accelerates each student’s “learning for life” curve. It not only fits their personal needs and purposes as a student, but most importantly, enhances their independence and responsibility as self-learners.

    Here is the key to moving students more capably through their texts and studies, where he or she can become more causative over their learning rate and proficiency of real-life application. Here is where true interactive teaching meets responsible learning — and where both are not only a possibility but the norm.

    A Fresh Education Philosophy


    FROM ITS NEW 100-ACRE HEADQUARTERS IN SPANISH LAKE, MISSOURI, Applied Scholastics International (above) licenses schools, community literacy centers and tutors that utilize L. Ron Hubbard’s teaching and learning methods. Since 1972, the organization has trained more than 64,000 teachers and educators internationally, while establishing schools on every continent, including (1) Sheridan, Oregon; (2) Sussex, England; (3) Portland, Oregon and (4) Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Prior to Hubbard’s education breakthroughs, rote memorization had been the norm in education, with little if any thought given to application. But as far back as 1950, he stressed the importance of learning with the goal of successfully applying the knowledge one gains.

    “Test scores are the main tool to evaluate the quality and learning of a student,” Slaughter said. “So naturally, the stress in the current system of education is on passing tests.”

    Slaughter noted that this has resulted, all too often, in students who succeed in school by merely becoming masters of cramming for tests. “Any actual remnants of learning that information is soon forgotten and there is little, if any, conceptual understanding of why they were studying the subject in the first place, let alone an ability to apply and use what is being ‘learned,’” she said.

    “With our educational approach, however, the student does know his or her subject, and passing tests becomes a true measurement of what they have learned, not what they have memorized. We are the solution to comprehension, and thus to raising test scores, because our whole philosophy is geared around comprehension and application,” said Slaughter.

    “The self-determinism of the individual must, above all things, be left as much intact as possible,” Hubbard stated in an August 1950 lecture on education. “He should not be asked to work or study because somebody other than himself decrees it.”

    So much of education today is authoritarian in its approach — the sage on the stage presenting, imparting and enforcing predetermined knowledge upon students. Students find they must learn things that they feel have little relevance, value or impact on their lives. When one is “forced” to learn to pass a test to advance in school, one loses the true purpose and spirit of education, and the result is both mental, as well as physical, dropouts.

    In discussing education, Hubbard recommended it be “... the science of how to learn and how to teach in such a way as to preserve the alertness of the [individual], and to make it possible for the individual to place into action a maximum of solutions based on a minimum of data.”

    The question is, how can you achieve this with the current industrial model of education? The answer: you really can’t. U.S. Secretary of Education Roderick Paige made this point very clear: “The way we organize schools and provide instruction is essentially the same as it was when our Founding Fathers went to school.... We still educate our students based on an agricultural timetable, in the industrial setting, yet tell students they live in a digital age.”

    The coming of age for 21st century education lies in the regimen that is implemented at schools using Hubbard’s methodology.

    Real Tools for Learning


    TODAY, PROGRAMS USING THE HUBBARD LEARNING METHODS stretch across six continents — from the inner cities to the highest halls of learning and into schools where entire curricula are devoted to these methods.
    Study Technology has been extensively tested and proven to achieve uniform, consistent results wherever it has been applied. Because it is based on fundamentals common to everyone, it cuts through any economic, cultural or racial barriers and can be used by all, regardless of age. It is as effective in the executive suites of multinational corporations as it is in elementary school classrooms.

    This, said Slaughter, is how Applied Scholastics so successfully bridges the achievement gap — that troubling inequity between schooling results of Caucasian versus ethnic communities.

    Hubbard’s discoveries are quickly gaining widespread acceptance and recognition in the United States and abroad. As an official from the Sudanese education ministry recently observed, “Education is the gate to success. Study Technology is the key to that gate.”

    Today, programs using the Hubbard learning methods stretch across six continents — from the inner cities to the highest halls of learning, and into schools where entire curricula are devoted to these methods. Since these techniques have application for anyone who studies and learns, Applied Scholastics programs are used by tens of thousands of educators in 54 nations. Applied Scholastics has delivered seminars and training courses to more than 64,000 teachers and educators, who have in turn trained 3.5 million students in the use of these educational methods.

    “Try it for yourself, and call it what you will,” said Slaughter. “It works — and the current planet-wide education scene is suffering for lack of it.”

    Near and far, educators highly recommend Study Technology’s effectiveness in every type of educational application.

    These stories repeat themselves wherever L. Ron Hubbard’s discoveries are applied: In Italy, for example, where a national training center uses the Study Technology to prepare students for the police academy; in the Philippines, where Applied Scholastics centers are helping children out of a life on the streets by educating them; in the ravaged inner cities of America, where tutoring programs are accelerating student literacy levels by several grades; and in schools throughout the world from Copenhagen to Capetown, and California to Calcutta.

    Help Others Understand What They Read and Hear

    Do you know people who could benefit from being able to better understand what they read and hear?

    You can help them with Study Skills for Life, a breakthrough book that helps resolve the underlying reasons why people can have trouble reading and writing at an acceptable level.

    “After studying the book, ‘Study Skills for Life’ by L. Ron Hubbard, I was impressed by the unique insights into the underlying causes of study problems, and their simple and practical solutions. The failing educational standards can surely be reversed by such a method, whereby competence and excellence can be achieved by ordinary students.”

    — Parvez Ahmed Butt
    Project Director
    Institute of Information Technology
    Islamabad, Pakistan



    Buy Study Skills for Life today!

    Hardback: $43.75 Softback: $19.95

    Order online at www.able.org
    or call (323) 960-3530

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