Annual International Convention Focuses on Education Quality
The annual international convention of a program featured in a new Scientology brochure focused on simple solutions to raise the quality of education.
Quality education is essential in our increasingly technological world. And quality education depends on teacher skill. These were the focus of the annual convention in Spanish Lake, Missouri, April 4-6 of Applied Scholastics International, a social betterment organization dedicated to the broad implementation of learning tools researched and developed by author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.
In launching the Global Education First Initiative last year and in meetings in Washington, D.C., in April 2013, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon emphasized the importance of raising education standards. His message: “when we put education first, we can reduce poverty and hunger, end wasted potential, and look forward to stronger and better societies for all.”
Vital to accomplishing these goals are:
- simple and effective teacher-training methods, and
- technology enabling students to be independent learners who can learn any subject.
The educational principles and methods developed by author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard satisfy both criteria.
Mr. Hubbard recognized the deep effects on society of lowered education standards and literacy levels, observing that the illiterate or functionally illiterate, denied work and opportunity, often fall prey to criminality, vice or drugs. Thus, he embarked on an examination of the subject of study and isolated the precise causes for the success or failure of any activity or study. The result was Study Technology—a workable methodology to overcome the barriers to successful study.
So fundamental were his discoveries to the field of education, he released them for broad use. For more than four decades, Applied Scholastics has been making these solutions to learning and literacy available internationally.
Some 70 educators attended the annual Applied Scholastics convention. They hailed from Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Hungary, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and the United States.
Convention delegates delivered presentations on the expansion of Applied Scholastics activities and broad implementation of Study Technology in their zones.
- The Applied Scholastics Tvuna group in Israel opened several new centers last year;
- Two Ukraine school districts have adopted the program provided by the Applied Scholastics Logos group of Ukraine;
- Applied Scholastics Hungary has provided instruction in Study Technology to more than 2,000 students in that country’s public school system;
- Applied Scholastics of CIS is working with government officials and educators in Mongolia to implement Study Technology in that nation’s schools.
Applied Scholastics was founded in 1972. Over the past 40 years it has trained nearly 140,000 educators and has helped more than 39 million individuals with Study Technology.
The Applied Scholastics campus in Spanish Lake, Missouri, was established in 2003 to make possible broad implementation of this technology to government heads of education and schools. The Spanish Lake facility provides many courses available for postgraduate continuing education credits. It also offers a full schedule of courses and workshops on specific aspects of Study Technology. The organization works with hundreds of affiliated schools and educational programs throughout the world.
The brochure Scientology: How We Help—Applied Scholastics, Achieving Literacy and Education is one of a series of publications presented by the Church of Scientology International to meet requests for more information about the Scientology religion and its support of global humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs. For more information, visit the Scientology website at www.scientology.org/AppliedScholastics.