L. Ron Hubbard, Humanitarian and Educator
L. Ron Hubbard & Education
the 1920s, L. Ron Hubbard’s concern for education began when he
realized the “influence of a mislearned word on a life.” At that
time, he was teaching English in a school in Guam.
He stressed two significant points: first, he
wished his students to appreciate the scope of the world beyond
their shores; and second, he wanted them to understand how literacy
held the key to participation in that world.
To convey the foreign concept of a railroad train
to children, who had no experience of mechanical transportation, he
hitched three or four ox carts together. The theory underlying this
successful experiment would prove vital to his later work. He had
hit right at the heart of the learning process, how information is
best assimilated-and what accounts for the bored and exasperated
In 1938, Mr. Hubbard outlined fundamental
principles of education, from his views on the degrading examination
system to practical procedures to be followed in teaching a foreign
During the Second World War, he became involved
in the direct instruction of military personnel as well as the
redrafting of instructional materials. In a preliminary note on his
navigational text, he advised, "Failure to learn definitions results
in a later inability to understand explanations, which include those
definitions. Easily the most important factor in any study is a
comprehension of what is meant by certain words."
In 1950, he lectured further on effective
approaches to education, clarifying the goal and purpose of
education as well as basic axioms for the subject. “The maintenance
of a high level of self-determinism is more important in educating
than the maintenance of order,” he stated. This prescient
observation predated modern education reform efforts, and the
emerging emphasis on teaching students to reason with the concepts
they are taught, by more than four decades.
In fact, by the early 1960’s, Mr. Hubbard saw
fully that declining educational standards were having a profound
effect on the learning abilities of the people he was attempting to
instruct. His investigation of this decline, and research regarding
the basic laws of education led to a revolutionary development in
the field – a technology of study. His lectures on this work were
recorded and formed the basis for a whole approach to teaching and
As educators throughout the world learned of Mr. Hubbard’s
breakthroughs, they began to utilize them in their own work. Thus
were formed the roots of a new world wide movement – Applied
Due to Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries and
developments, quality education is now within the reach of every
person who wants it. Applied Scholastics is the organization that
makes available L. Ron Hubbard’s educational methods to the world.
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