Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT
APPLIED LEARNING TECHNIQUES INTERNATIONAL (ALTI) and APPLIED
What is Applied Learning
What is Applied Scholastics?
What does Applied Scholastics
What is Study Technology?
What is the relationship
between Applied Scholastics and the Church of Scientology?
What is the basis of L. Ron
Hubbard's qualifications as an educator?
Does the use of Mr. Hubbard's
Study Technology create any problem at all in those countries which
prohibit or separate religious activities from government-sponsored
activities (such as public school)?
How effective is Study
How widespread is the use of L.
Ron Hubbard's Study Technology?
Are Applied Scholastics
programs only for children or for those with low education levels?
Do Applied Scholastics
programs use volunteers?
Applied Learning Techniques International (ALTI)
is a UK based non-profit company, registered in England. ALTI is an
international, non-governmental organisation (NGO) which provides
practical help with achieving desirable educational outcomes to help
individuals, institutions and governments achieve their educational
ALTI initiates, develops and delivers Study
Technology projects in various countries of the world. In doing this
ALTI assists Applied Scholastics International in its humanitarian
objective of making available a workable methodology of study to
anyone in any country.
Applied Scholastics is an international
educational organization that is nonreligious (secular) in nature.
It was established by American educators in 1972 to promote and
develop programs of effective education for educators, business
trainers, tutors, parents, children and any individual who need
improved study skills to enhance their scholastic, business and
personal activities. In the United States, it is a non-profit,
The job of Applied Scholastics is to place the
Study Technology developed by humanitarian, philosopher and educator
L. Ron Hubbard into the hands of the world’s students and educators.
It provides educators, governments, vocational trainers, community
groups, parents and students with the learning tools they need to
overcome the barriers of illiteracy and to enhance their abilities
to understand and utilize written materials which they must deal
with in all aspects of their lives.
Study Technology, researched and developed by L.
Ron Hubbard, is a unique program enabling a student to overcome the
basic barriers to studying and learning any subject, so that he can
understand and retain the data which he is trying to absorb and can
effectively put into application the material which he has been
Study Technology is an exact system which teaches
one how to learn. It includes the identification of the specific
barriers to learning, the tools to help a student grasp the material
being studied, and the means to organize the basic learning
environment toward the attainment of better results for both the
student and teacher. It can be used to create a highly efficient and
self-paced learning environment. Understanding and learning to bring
about an ability to apply what one has learned is fundamental to
Study Technology gives the student the techniques
and understanding which enable him to take increased responsibility
and control of his own learning process.
Applied Scholastics is an independent,
non-religious (secular) charitable educational organization
utilizing Mr. Hubbard’s writings in the field of education. We are
licensed by the
Association for Better Living and Education International (ABLE)
to use Mr. Hubbard’s educational methods and Study Technology in
education-related fields. In turn, Applied Scholastics licenses
organizations which directly apply the Study Technology in schools,
training programs and tutoring projects in many countries and
Applied Scholastics does not promote or recommend
any religious path. Indeed, throughout the world, Applied
Scholastics affiliated organizations deliver Study Technology to
members of all faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam,
Hinduism and Buddhism. Mr. Hubbard’s Study Technology is a vital
tool for the learning of any subject. As the name implies, it is a
technology of study, used to improve one’s ability to understand and
apply whatever information one is seeking to learn. It is a wholly
secular technology for use by any person in any field.
The Church of Scientology and its members have
been extremely assistive in the areas of support, volunteering and
finance in order to help Applied Scholastics to achieve its purpose
of providing strong and effective educational methods to any who
thirst for knowledge throughout the world. We are thankful for their
support and proud of our mutual work for the benefit of others.
Not only was Mr. Hubbard one of the most prolific
and successful wordsmiths of all time, with a long history of
publications in diverse media and numerous best-selling fiction
books, he was also extremely well grounded in the philosophies and
humanities and in the rigorous methodology of the physical sciences.
As a man of letters as well as a researcher into the problems of the
human condition, as early as 1950 Mr. Hubbard expressed his deep
concern over the poor quality of our so-called “modern” education.
At that time he warned:
“Today’s children will become tomorrow’s
civilization. The end and goal of any society as it addresses the
problem of education is to raise the ability, the initiative and the
cultural level, and with all these the survival level of that
society. And when a society forgets any one of these things it is
destroying itself by its own educational mediums.”
Later, in the mid-1960s, when attempting to teach
advanced and supposedly highly literate students about his
discoveries relating to the mind and spirit, Mr. Hubbard realized
that the lack of an actual technology of how to study was preventing
their rapid and effective duplication and understanding of the
material which they were attempting to study. By that time it had
become increasingly apparent that the deficiencies in the day’s
educational programs were leading to increasing rates of functional
illiteracy and generating mounting social problems. So Mr. Hubbard
embarked on a program of step-by-step research into the area of
education. The product of that research is the Study Technology
promoted today by Applied Scholastics and used by teachers, students
and individuals throughout the world.
No. Study Technology delivered by Applied
Scholastics and its licensed organizations is wholly secular. The
technology exists for a teacher to use in presentation of whatever
subject is being taught and for students to use to improve
comprehension and the ability to apply whatever is being studied.
Whether it is the teaching of basic reading, writing and arithmetic
skills, languages, history or social science or the physical
sciences, Study Technology in use by both the teacher and the
student improves the student’s grasp of and ability to use the
subject. Consequently, it facilitates any curriculum chosen by a
school or school system.
Students who learn and apply Study Technology
consistently achieve remarkable improvements in their scholastic
progress. Numerous studies have demonstrated these results:
In Mexico City, for example, Study Technology was
introduced into a private high school in which one class had a 95%
failure rate on their material. After the students learned to use
Study Technology, the same class achieved a 90% passing rate.
A study undertaken in England found that students
improved their reading levels by 1.3 years after only ten hours of
study using Mr. Hubbard’s study procedures.
A literacy program in South Africa produced an
average gain in reading level of 2.25 years. In the same country,
the pass rate of students enrolled in 19 government schools
increased from 43 to 78 percent after the Study Technology had been
in use for only six months.
Also in Southern Africa, Education Alive, an
Applied Scholastics affiliated organization, introduced Study
Technology into a teacher’s college. The dropout rate for teacher
trainees fell dramatically, to only 2 percent, as a direct and
immediate result of the program.
In Los Angeles, California in the United States, students at a
school which uses Study Technology throughout its curriculum
regularly score 30% above the national average on pre-college
aptitude tests. Their 4th grade students consistently score to ore
more grade levels above the norm in reading, math and language on
standardized achievement tests.
Study Technology is used around the world.
Applied Scholastics, itself, has a network of
over 650 centers and schools in more than 65 countries. Literacy
tutoring centers operate in the inner-city areas in major U.S.
population centers such as Los Angeles, New York City and
Washington, D.C. Currently more than 30 similar community education
programs are delivering this technology in the U.S., Canada,
Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand. These programs, bringing
education to deprived ethnic groups and indigenous races, give them
the vital skills and basic education necessary for an individual to
operate successfully in today’s societies.
In terms of sheer numbers, in South Africa,
Education Alive has introduced Study Technology to more than 1.5
million students and to tens of thousands of teachers. Since 1984
Applied Scholastics has trained more than 5,000 teachers in the
People’s Republic of China. Since 1994, over 10,000 teachers in
Zimbabwe have received training in Study Technology. Since 1995,
over 10,000 teachers and students of schools and colleges in Mexico
have been trained on the basics of Study Technology. In the United
States, over 4,000 teachers have been trained in the use of Study
Technology in their classroom. In addition, at the request of the
Secretary of State for Education of The Gambia, Study Technology has
begun to be implemented in the whole school system with the initial
training of over 5,500 teachers — almost all the English speaking
teachers in the country. Similar implementations have since been
requested in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
This is only a sampling of the international use
of Mr. Hubbard’s Study Technology, which Applied Scholastics and its
affiliated organizations deliver around the globe.
The answer to both questions is “No!” Applied
Scholastics programs service both adults and youth; they provide the
vitally needed technology of how to study effectively to people at a
wide range of educational levels. True, Applied Scholastics programs
are often established to provide education and literacy skills to
portions of the population which have been routinely excluded from
such knowledge due to the decay of school systems, the rot in our
inner cities, and, often, to the impact of prejudice on providing
services to an area’s population. But Applied Scholastics has a
broader reach than these vital activities. Persons seeking to learn
a foreign language find that Study Technology helps them to open
this door. Academically advanced students — such as those in college
and universities — find Study Technology invaluable as they struggle
with the extensive and often complex materials in their chosen
courses of study.
Numerous businesses around the world have found
Applied Scholastics affiliated programs to be essential in educating
their labor forces and in stabilizing and raising the company
Yes. Community literacy and mentoring programs
particularly need the help of volunteers. Training in tutoring and
other educational skills using Study Technology is available to
volunteers in these programs.
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