"Why is education so important? The Jesuits (an order within the Roman Catholic Church well known for their activism) exported the policy of starting Church schools in areas where they wished to introduce their religion. The reasons are obvious. By educating a child into one's own beliefs, one gradually takes over a whole new generation of a country and can thus influence, in the long term, the development and growth of that country. The Jesuits were very successful at this strategy."

From "In Search of Truth," IMPACT (an International Association of Scientologists publication), 1986; Issue 7, p. 49



Applied Scholastics is one of several organizations whose purpose is to promote the use of Scientology "Study Technology," a study system developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, to the non-Scientology world, primarily to schools and businesses.  Applied Scholastics is not legally a part of the Church of Scientology.  However, its use of Scientology’s study methods to the exclusion of all others and its many ties to the church suggest that it is effectively a Scientology subsidiary.


Two of its most important programs are the Hollywood Education and Learning Project (HELP), heavily promoted by celebrities such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and the World Literacy Crusade (WLC), whose celebrity spokesperson is longtime Scientologist Isaac Hayes.  (The WLC also promotes Scientology’s Narconon program for drug rehabilitation.)


Critics portray Applied Scholastics as a front group for Scientology -- a claim that Applied Scholastics denies.  But, according to the church itself, Applied Scholastics is a church-sponsored educational program and a "Scientology-related entity." 


Neither Applied Scholastics’ promotional materials nor its website provides a well supported examination of Study Technology’s actual content, methods and efficacy.


Applied Scholastics has often met opposition when its connection to Scientology is exposed; schools have dropped Study Technology programs and people whose employers have pressured them to take business training seminars based on Study Technology, which they view as Scientology indoctrination, have sued.


If you are a parent, teacher, school board member, school administrator, journalist or just someone who cares about children and the future of our world, please ask questions about groups that come to town selling L. Ron Hubbard’s Study Technology.


A partial list of other groups allied with, supported by and/or operated by the Church of Scientology can be found online at: http://tinyurl.com/2gmhw and http://tinyurl.com/3ggpt



The Applied Scholastics website:



Alternate views on Applied Scholastics:


A comprehensive website created by Dr. David S. Touretzky, Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science Department and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and Chris Owen, M.B.E.  The site includes Dr. Touretzky’s thorough analysis of Study Tech and provides links to many articles describing Scientology’s efforts to forge ties with education communities worldwide.



The official Church of Scientology website:



Websites for the Freezone, practicing Scientology outside the CoS:





Alternate views:


















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