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Study Tech

Study Technology, or Study Tech, is a teaching method developed by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.[1] Study Technology is used by Scientologists as part of their training, and is also promoted outside the church by an affiliated corporation known as Applied Scholastics, which presents Study Technology as a secular, universally applicable method to enhance the comprehension of any student, studying any topic. However, the method has many critics, including former teachers, claiming that the "technology" and associated schools are intrinsically linked with religious aspects of Scientology.[2]

Hubbard wrote in a Scientology policy letter in 1972 that "Study Tech is our primary bridge to Society."[3] Most Study Technology books include a two-page biography of Hubbard that does not mention his role in creating Scientology.[4]


  • Theory 1
  • Application 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4


According to Study Technology, there are three barriers that prevent students from learning: absence of mass, too steep a gradient, and the misunderstood word. Each barrier will, according to Hubbard, produce a physiological response in the student, such as yawning or feeling bored or frustrated.[5] In accordance with L. Ron Hubbard's beliefs, the school eschews all psychiatric conditions, including any learning difficulties.[6]

Gail M. Harley and John Kieffer (2009) write that "absence of mass" is the idea that abstractions must be illustrated physically before they can be fully understood: learning about trains is accelerated if the student can see a train or a representation of one. Scientology classrooms are therefore equipped with modelling clay and "demo kits." One of the course requirements for people learning to be Scientology trainers is to model in clay the premise of every paragraph in Hubbard's book, Dianetics 55!.[1]

"Too steep a study gradient" occurs when the student tries to learn too quickly, in which case the teacher directs the student back to the point where he last demonstrated understanding. The "misunderstood word" is what Hubbard called the "misunderstood definition or the not comprehended definition, the undefined word."[1] Scientology classrooms are therefore equipped with different kinds of dictionaries, and students are directed to "find your misunderstood."[5] Yawning is taken as a physical sign that a student has misunderstood a word or concept.[7]


As of 1991, there were 150 schools using Study Technology worldwide according to the St. Petersburg Times, including in Australia, several European countries, South Africa, and the United States. Supporters say the schools achieve good results and are "drug-free", though this is mostly referring to psychiatric drugs. Several Florida Study Tech schools have been discredited for this hard-line anti-psychiatric approach.[8]

In the United States, the method is used by

  • "Study Technology",
  • Church of Scientology/Education/ at DMOZ

Further reading

  1. ^ a b c Harley, Gail M. and Kieffer, John (2009). "The Development and Reality of Auditing," in James R. Lewis (ed.). Scientology. Oxford University Press, pp. 192–193.
  2. ^ Adams, Guy (July 3, 2012). "The school at the centre of Cruise split; Insiders claim Katie Holmes filed for divorce to prevent the Church of Scientology educating her daughter". Independent. 
  3. ^ Hubbard, L. Ron (4 April 1972). Ethics and Study Tech, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letters.
  4. ^ Robert Farley (May 20, 2007). "Church tutors embrace methods". Tampa Bay Times. 
  5. ^ a b Robert Farley (20 May 2007). "Scientology makes it in classroom door". Tampa Bay Times. 
  6. ^ Palmer, Brian (September 20, 2011). "Edu-netics".  
  7. ^ a b Farley, Robert (May 20, 2007). "Scientology Makes it in Classroom Door".  
  8. ^ Krueger, Curtis (11 November 1991). "Scientology's children: On education". St. Petersburg Times (Florida). Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Chris Ayres (1 July 2008). "A school that deserves to avoid cult status". The Times. 
  10. ^ Di Matteo, Enzo (10 December 1998). "Scientology wants city's kids".  
  11. ^ Committee Reports, 108th Congress (2003-2004), House Report 108-792, Library of Congress.
  12. ^ Robert Farley (18 February 2006). "Scientology awards reach out to black community". St. Petersburg Times. 
  13. ^ "A curious alliance". St. Petersburg Times. 9 November 2005. 
  14. ^ Harwell, Drew (May 26, 2012). "Life Force Scores Suffer". Tampa Bay Times. pp. 1A. 
  15. ^ "Scientology link at Montessori school alarms parents".  
  16. ^ a b Harwell, Drew (February 26, 2012). "Charter School's Troubling Twists". Tampa Bay Times. pp. 1A. 
  17. ^ Announcement and copies of the letter of accreditation in Italian and English
  18. ^ Details on the Ministry of Education site


Study Tech was approved by the Florida school board as a "supplemental" education programme.[16]

In 2007 two professors from the University of Florida were asked to examine Study Tech. Both professors expressed concern about the practice being taught, with one calling the material "moronic", though they agreed the process is essentially harmless.[7]

in 1991 that the authorities there considered Study Tech to be "psychologically damaging." St. Petersburg Times In South Africa, schools that apply Study Technology have been backed by local companies and have reported widespread success. In Germany, Monika Schipmann of the Berlin Education Department told the [18][17] Applied Scholastics received accreditation from the

In Canada, Study Technology was introduced in September 2008 at Bambolino San Antonio, Texas, St. Louis, and Nevada had backed away from supporting Study Tech, after numerous complaints from educators and parents.[16]

[14] revoked the school's charter, with teachers blaming the Study Tech curriculum for poor test results. Teachers complained that their colleagues had been fired for rejecting Scientology's teachings, and that teachers even worked after school, without pay, to try and assist children, with no substantial results.Pinellas County School Board However, in 2012 the [13][12]. All groups adopted Study Technology, and their community support volunteers trained in using Study Technology to teach children.Ybor City, and Joy Tabernacle Cathedral in Tampa, Florida, the Glorious Church of God in Christ in Nation of Islam In 2006, Scientology partnered with the [11]

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