HEADS UP....STUDY TECH & HOME SCHOOLING

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HEADS UP....STUDY TECH & HOME SCHOOLING

Post by Tigger » Sat Dec 30, 2006 1:42 pm

information on home schooling articles and news: Learn How To Learn
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Friday, December 29, 2006

Learn How To Learn

As a home schooler, teaching our children how to learn should be a primary goal. Learning is more than facts and figures. It involves the ability to think, analyze, and use the thought process. In short, to know how to learn and how to apply the knowledge to everything.

Who said this? "The end 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 of that the survival level of that society."

Do you agree with the concept? The key to a dynamic society is to value learning and education. Our goal as home schoolers should be to instill an insatiable quest for learning in our children. Knowing the pitfalls along the way is critical. This is the foundation of the study technology that supports the above-mentioned quote.

Don't freak out or stop reading this article when I tell you who made above statement, because the study technology created by this visionary is extremely valuable. I am talking about a technology - not a philosophy. You must separate these concepts!

The person who made the above quoted statement was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Because of the antics of Tom Cruise, the religion of Scientology is relegated to the kook fringe. And it probably should be.
Separate the religion/philosophy of Scientology from their study technology. I am NOT a Scientologist. I do not support or subscribe to their religion. I do not pretend to be knowledgeable of the beliefs or the religious parts of Scientology. But I do know first hand the value of their study technology in their educational program of Applied Scholastics.

Ron Hubbard's study technology and the Applied Scholastics curriculum addresses the foundation of all learning. It focuses on our brains, its operation and how to train it. The study technology does not promote or intrude on your personal beliefs. The study technology is NOT the religion! It can run parallel to and support any type of religious or secular home school curriculum. It has no spiritual or philosophical component at all. I want to underscore this point because I understand the fear of this religion.

Let's get back to the key goal of educating our children and I will attempt to explain this study technology. When people learn a subject, this process can get short-circuited or blocked and the path to mastering it can be derailed. What if that blockage could be identified and cleared up at that precise moment it occurs so the learning could continue, the mastery achieved and frustration avoided? Would that be the answer to your prayers? That in a nut shell is the study technology of Applied Scholastics .

The fundamental premise is that there are three barriers to learning that interrupt the flow, create resistance and frustrates the learning process. It also explains how to identify these barriers, provide methods to fix them, and encourages natural flow of learning. This concept is important to the education of our children.

These barriers inhibit learning and can result in a shutdown of the process. This shutdown can be seen in schools today as the runaway diagnosis of learning disabilities, behavior problems or just boredom with learning, all resulting in a disinterested student body and society.

Mr. Hubbard explains that when a student hits one of these barriers, the trained instructor can identify it, clear it up, and resume the natural flow of learning.

I will define these barriers and explain how they affect the student and interfere with learning. These are simplistic and cursory examples of the study technology in Applied Scholastics in which students learn how to learn!

1. Lack of mass. The need to touch, feel or make (a prototype) something that demonstrates the subject matter. It may not be sufficient for a student to simply read about the subject. Many times the physical interaction, touching, modeling out of clay (something to TOUCH) is important to the learning. For example, when learning adding and subtracting, it is much more effective when demonstrated with blocks or physical objects. When studying muscles, tendons and ligaments, examine a chicken wing, identify the parts and SEE how they work.

A physical reaction to hitting this barrier could be the student putting their hands over their ears, looking confused, or showing anger (breaking pencils, "blow", and leave the area).

2. The gradient is too steep. This means that elemental steps taken to learn a subject are not fully understood by the student. An exaggerated example would be going from adding to algebraic computations. The steps in between are missing thus the student does not know how or why they got to the result. This predictably ends in frustration.

A physical reaction would be a dizzy or reeling feeling in the student. If the students feel like their heads are spinning, stop! There are gaps that need to be filled in.

3. Misunderstood word. Have you ever been reading and then realized when you get to the bottom of the page that you cannot remember what you just read? This is more common than you think. Somewhere you encountered a word you misunderstood, a word that did not makes sense in context, so you tuned out.
Children do it all the time. Trained educators and parents are aware when their student becomes confused. They understand the importance of clearing up the misunderstanding to understand the subject and proceed with the learning. They know how to trace the confusion back to the offending word(s) and clear up the misunderstanding. They have the children look up the word in a dictionary and redefine it within the context. Only then can effective learning proceed. This process is amazing, I have seen it!

The physical manifestations may be daydreaming, yawning or a confused or far out look.

This study technology is a great basis for any home school curriculum. Give this study technology a more complete look and consider adding it to your own curriculum.

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Post by Tigger » Sat Dec 30, 2006 1:54 pm

SOMEONE NEEDS TO POST A COMMENT.

Webtv doesn't have the right stuff to post there. This is what I was going to post there.

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So what you are saying is:

1. Don't skip a step which is necessary to learn and understand future steps.

2. It is easier to learn if you have a picture or a model that illustrates what you are attempting to learn.

3. Use a dictionary.

isn't it?

None of this is new. Hubbard didn't discover or invent any of it.

What you fail to reveal is that Applied Scholastics is a front group for the "church" of Scientology....no different from its other front groups. Like Narconon.....or The Way to Happiness Foundation.....all of them seek to get Hubbard's tech or doctrine (a skunk by any other name still stinks the same) into schools to recruit new members and make money for the "church".

Buy into the Hubbard/Scientology tech/doctrine if you want to, but don't buy a pig in a poke....be aware of what it is that you are buying.

Scientology v. Education - The Scam of "Study Technology"
http://www.studytech.org/home.php

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Post by Tigger » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:49 pm

MESSAGE FROM PROF. DAVE TOURETZKY


Re: STUDY TECH & HOME SCHOOLING ALERT

Group: alt.religion.scientology

Date: Sat, Dec 30, 2006, 9:55am (CST+1)

From: dst@cs.cmu.edu (Dave Touretzky)

Tigger, thanks for catching this. This blog is owned by someone named "balaji". If you look at their blogspot profile, they have a couple of dozen blogs that cover a wide range of topics in science, health, philosophy, etc. At least some of the content appears to be ripped off from other sites.
So my conclusion is that, for unknown reasons, this person is operating a bunch of blogs for reposting material on various topics. The study tech article was actually written by Pamela Connelly, and was ripped off from this page:

    http://ezinearticles.com/?Learn-How-To-Learn&id=106553

He ripped off several of her other articles as well.

On balaji's psychology blog, psychologyhub.blogspot.com, there is an article about the neurological basis of ADD, and another one about the history of hypnosis. These are reasonable pieces, not the sort of garbage CCHR puts out. (The hypnosis one was ripped off from Adam Eason.)

I have no idea why "balaji" is doing this, but he does not appear to be a clam.

-- Dave

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Post by programmer_guy » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:59 am

I believe that the GENERAL concepts in the so-called study tech work.

Non-Scientology example:

Many years ago, I took a class in automobile automatic transmissions taught by an expert.

1. we learned the terminology

2. he used a "cut away" of an actual FORD C4 transmission in front of class to show how it works

3. we then had to take-apart and put-together (several times) a C4 transmission

4. then, toward the end of that class, I rebuilt the C4 transmission for my 1967 Mercury Cougar.

These basics work AND is nothing new.

The problems come about when SPECIFIC Scientology HCOBs are used in the DETAILS of supervising students on this so-called "study tech". There is much more to this so-called "study tech" than the generalities that were presented in that link.

I'll see if I can dig these up soon. :)

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Post by programmer_guy » Sun Dec 31, 2006 4:11 am

I know that U. C. Riverside is now reaching out to home-schoolers. Other U.C. campuses may follow suit.

I hope that the CofS does not infiltrate and destroy the "image" of home-schoolers in the eyes of the various university admissions offices.

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Post by programmer_guy » Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:53 am

bold emphasis mine.

This is a partial quote... not the whole HCOB contents.

HCO BULLETIN OF 25 JUNE 1971 R

Word Clearing Series 3R

BARRIERS TO STUDY
There are three different sets of physiological and mental reactions that come from 3 different aspects of study. They are three different sets of symptoms.

(1) Education in the absence of the mass in which the technology will be involved is very hard on the student.

It actually makes him feel squashed. Makes him feel bent, sort of spinny, sort of dead, bored, exasperated.

If he is studying the doingness of something in which the mass is absent this will be the result.

Photographs help and motion pictures would do pretty good as they are a sort of promise or hope of the mass but the printed page and the spoken word are not a substitute for a tractor if he’s studying about tractors.

You have to understand this data in its purity—and that is that educating a person in a mass that they don’t have and which isn’t available produces physiological reactions. That is what I am trying to teach you.

It’s just a fact.
Yeah... sure... if A implies B THEN B implies A (I say nonsense). This was a real fallacy that Hubbard was into.

I was interning sup on the Briefing Course and saw one female student curled up in her chair reading (i.e. "bent" symptoms). I just ignored this as I thought she was doing okay. One of the Sea Org Briefing Course sups came up to me and directed me to handle her (so-called lack-of-mass symptoms). I didn't want to do this BUT I KNEW that I would be sent to cramming if I didn't (word clearing relevant HCOBs and doing TRs with Dana). I told her that she needed to use her demo kit. She blasted me and told me to leave her alone and said that she was doing just fine.

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Post by Tigger » Sun Dec 31, 2006 6:27 am

LOL....good for Dana. Thanks P.G. for a look inside Scientology and Study Tech.

It's just a fact of life that some people are smarter than others and may not need the "mass" in front of them to "get it".

On the other hand, there are lots of people like me, who really need the "real" thing in front of them.
And sometimes even that is not enough. Any body ever try to put together some toy the night before Christmas by trying to follow the printed with illustrations instructions and end up with a few pieces left over?

I just bought myself a new microwave for Xmas....it has so many bells and whistles on it, I feel like it and the instruction booklet were meant for rocket scientists.

It's been reported that places like Best Buy now have a techie service where a techie is sent out to homes to show people how to use all the new techie toys they buy.

Maybe someday someone will invent a pill for understanding all the new inventions? :) Take one at bedtime and you won't have to call the techie in the morning.....

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Post by programmer_guy » Sun Dec 31, 2006 6:33 am

No, Dana did not blast me (Dana was Qual Sec for ASHO in the 1970s)... the student did.

Call me on the phone sometime... anytime.

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Larry

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