JE is a Canadian television programme (in French, with English subtitles) and this edition is a follow-up to an earlier report examining the Church of Scientology in that Country.
It focusses on ‘Applied Scholastics’, a Scientology front group which has elaborated L Ron Hubbard’s incredibly simplistic writings about learning into an ‘educational’ system – complete with fee-paying schools.
One of Hubbard’s ideas is that failure to progress academically is due to the student having “misunderstood words”. He claimed that, if a student moves on after having misunderstood a word, they would not be able to understand anything they were taught after that point.
This is addressed by requiring students to look up all the words in their teaching material in a dictionary until the student thoroughly understands them all. There are no poor textbooks nor bad teaching in Scientology schools – only misunderstood words.
These ideas are completely at odds with educational psychology, not to mention common sense and JE interview properly qualified individuals who testify to this. However, the Church of Scientology has no time for experts. It continues to assert that conditions such as ‘Attention Deficit Disorder’ do not exist – and the symptoms of ADD are actually due to an accumulation of ‘misunderstood words.’
To demonstrate this, JE secretly filmed at the Académie Phénix in Longueuil (an applied scholastics ‘school’). Two adults came to the school with a 7-year-old girl and represented themselves as parents with a child who had all of the symptoms of ADD. A representative of the School explained the Applied Scholastics approach and attributed it to L Ron Hubbard. Among other things he stated that,
“When your mind goes blank,” […] “Schools call it attention deficit. Here, we don’t say that. We talk about words that are not understood. And these words, we find them.”
View the programme in a video window after the break.
The programme continues to clearly show the connections between Applied Scholastics and a small network of other Scientology front groups.These include the ‘Citizens Commission on Human Rights’ (CCHR).
The CCHR denies the very existence of psychiatric disorders (and asserts that they can all be ‘handled’ by Scientology training). It characterises psychiatry as an evil conspiracy, not a caring profession.
The programme closes with the revelation that the Scientology school Académie Phénix (for such it is) has been granted charitable status in parts of Canada. As the school pays franchise fees to another Scientology front group (for the use Applied Scholastics ‘technology’ and material) the money saved eventually makes its way to the Church of Scientology.