Exclusive: Will Smith’s new school based almost entirely on Scientology

Yesterday we ran a story about Will Smith’s new private school, New Village Academy, based on a piece that appeared in the National Enquirer that tied Smith to the school. Smith is not mentioned on the school’s website, but he told Regis & Kelly last year that he was starting a school, and the school’s director is Smith’s former personal assistant and is “Director of Philanthropy and Vice President of the Smith Holdings Group.”

After a superficial reading of the school’s website I said it sounded like a decent school. My conclusion was similar to saying Scientology is ok after reading three chapters of Dianetics. I didn’t dig deep enough, or have enough knowledge of Scientology schools, to make an analysis. Several commenters pointed out that Smith’s school uses the same materials as Scientology schools, mentions L. Ron Hubbards “Study Tech,” by name, and even employs teachers who are known Scientologists. The language on Smith’s school’s website is also loaded with words and concepts specific to Scientology, and the mission is straight out of the Scientology handbook.

The class materials are the same ones created by Scientology and used in Scientology schools
The Delphi Schools are Scientology-schools run for children of Scientologists, and for outside children with the purpose of converting their families to the cult. According to Wikipedia, Delphi Schools use their own Heron Basics language program along with Hubbard’s “tech.”

Smith’s school uses Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard’s “tech,” and the Heron Basics language program. Hubbard’s tech is mentioned specifically in their Glossary section, and the Curriculum overview states that they use Heron Basics.

Five out of seventeen teachers are easily identified as Scientologists
Director of Learning: Tasia Jones
Education Enrichment Program Supervisor: Andrea Beckham
Director of Qualifications: Sigrid Burgett
Artistic director: Sisu Raiken
Teacher: Marcia Perkins
Teacher: James Oliver

Unique words, phrases and concepts of L. Ron Hubbard’s “Tech” are found on the school’s website
Although there more mainstream, proven and accepted educational methods mentioned on Smith’s school’s “Glossary” section, such as Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and the Montessori Method, the methods outlined on the site are straight from L. Ron Hubbard’s “Study Tech” and show only a superficial influence from other educational philosophies. They are the same concepts described on Studytech.org, a critical site created by Scientology expert Professor David S. Touretzky of Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Touretzky corresponded with us and helped find additional ties to Scientology in Smith’s school.

Smith’s Educational Philosophy: sequential learning with the example of building a robot, mentions being “out” of the sequential process:

Secondly, teachers are taught to teach sequentially, checking for prior understanding. When a student is required to perform a sequence of steps and he comes to a point where he doesn’t understand, the learning curve is too steep. If a teacher is showing a student how to make the robot and the student suddenly is confused, the teacher makes sure to go back to the place the student stopped understanding and re-teach that point. We teach older students to do this on their own – when studying they learn to recognize in themselves when they are “checking out”; they then learn to go back with no prompting to restudy their prior steps and the concepts they may not have grasped the first time around.

[From Newvillageacademy.org, emphasis added]

L Ron Hubbard’s Study Tech: gradient learning with the example of building a doghouse, mentions being “out” of the gradient.

An example from the critical site, Studytech.org:

There is nothing objectionable in the notion that complex ideas should be mastered by breaking them down into simpler steps done in a logical order. But Study Tech turns this sensible advice into rigid dogma, with a warning that violations can have unpleasant consequences. “If you have skipped a gradient you may feel a sort of confusion or reeling” (Learning How to Learn, p. 84.) The illustrations of this idea on pp. 84-85 show a boy who was trying to build a doghouse “seeing stars” as if he just got whacked in the head with one of the boards he was hammering…

Being “out-gradient” is actually considered an ethical violation in Scientology, because it is “out-tech“, or contrary to Hubbard’s teachings about how one should study.

[From Studytech.org, emphasis added]

Smith’s school: word definitions as the key to knowledge

NVA teachers make sure children understand the meanings of all of the words related to each lesson whether in math or in music, or as in the robot example – all of the words related to making the robot. What do the words, electro-mechanic, gears, and system mean? Often students (and adults as well) lose interest and stop paying attention when they get lost in explanations filled with words they do not understand. So many students think they are terrible in math; has the teacher ever defined words such as factor, geometry or exponent? Teachers therefore are trained to make sure they monitor the children for lack of understanding. Similarly, if the student is learning how to program the robot and comes across a word that he is unfamiliar with, the student must look it up in the dictionary or have the word explained by a teacher. Once the student understands the words related to a concept, there is greater understanding of the entire subject.

[From Newvillageacademy.org]

L. Ron Hubbard’s Tech: word definitions as the key to knowledge

The third principle of Study Tech centers on the concept of misunderstood words. They’re called “misunderstoods” in the books, and abbreviated as M/U or Mis-U in Scientology. Misunderstoods can be “cleared” by looking up the word in a dictionary. This is fine as far as it goes; students should certainly learn to use a dictionary. But according to Hubbard, misunderstood words are not a minor problem; they are in fact “the most important barrier to study” (Learning How to Learn, p. 101; Basic Study Manual, p. 49), and “the only reason a person would stop studying or get confused or not be able to learn” (Learning How to Learn, p. 114; Basic Study Manual, preface). In fact, “THE ONLY REASON A PERSON GIVES UP A STUDY OR BECOMES CONFUSED OR UNABLE TO LEARN IS BECAUSE HE HAS GONE PAST A WORD THAT WAS NOT UNDERSTOOD” (How to Use a Dictionary, p. 282; capitalization as in the original.) This sentence also appears in the frontmatter of all Scientology religious volumes.

[From Studytech.org]

Smith’s school uses terminology, phrases and concepts that are unique to Scientology

Smith’s School’s Mission:

We believe that an individual’s survival and prosperity are inextricably bound to the rise and fall of his or her family, social groups and humankind.

[From Newvillageacademy.org, emphasis added]

L. Ron Hubbard on Ethics:

Dishonest conduct is nonsurvival. Anything is unreasonable or evil which brings about the destruction of individuals, groups, or inhibits the future of the race.

[From Scientology.org, emphasis added]

Use of “Qual” as a test to judge understanding:

Upon completion of a subject chapter such as in math, the teacher sends the student to “Qual”, where he/she is given an test in various forms. If the student scores anything less than 100%, the Qualifications teacher will sit down with the student and go over the part of the exam that was not fully understood and make sure the student understands all of the words and concepts in the chapter. The teacher will also make sure the student did not skip any concepts which would inhibit learning. This is done to help students so that they gain 100% certainty.

[From Newvillageacademy.org]

The abbreviation “Qual” is directly from Scientology, and describes a concept unique to the cult. Scientology expert Dr. Dave Touretzky corresponded with me via e-mail, and provides this explanation:

I have not seen the term “Qual” used this way in the context of Scientology-affiliated educational organizations. It use here comes straight out of the Church of Scientology itself! “Qual” is where you go when you’ve completed an auditing action in Scientology, or completed a course in the Scientology church. How revealing. Also of note is the final phrase: “100% certainty”. Notice that they did not say “mastery” or “understanding” — the terms professional educators use. They said “certainty”, which is the standard profession of faith used in Scientology. Even the Delphi schools aren’t this blatant in their use of Scientology phraseology.

[E-mail received from Dr. Dave Touretzky]

Smith’s school’s definition of ethics:

An understanding of basic ethics helps students prosper as individuals while being a part of a group. Ethics is simply the choices and actions a person takes on himself, and the ability to take responsibility for his or her actions.

[From Newvillageacademy.org, emphasis added]

Scientology’s definition of ethics:

Ethics may be defined as the actions an individual takes on himself to ensure his continued survival across the dynamics. It is a personal thing. When one is ethical, it is something he does himself by his own choice.

[From Wikipedia and Scientologyethics.org, emphasis added]

Dr. Touretzky explained this clearly as a concept unique to the cult:

The strange concept of ‘actions’ one takes on oneself, and the phrase ‘ability to take responsibility for’ are all pure Scientology, and contrary to the usual definitions of ‘ethics’ in non-cult society, which are based on concepts such as ‘morals’ or ‘good vs. evil’.

[E-mail received from Dr. Dave Touretzky]

Smith’s school’s motto: Spiraling Up!
L. Ron Hubbard wrote about the “dwindling spiral” of society, and talked about “spiraling” down. The Scientology Handbook uses the word “spiral” frequently, and it’s one of their cult-speak words that serves to “load the language” as cult experts explain, or redefine words and invent new words and phrases that have a specific meaning to the cult.

Smith’s school doesn’t disclose that it’s Scientology-based
At first glance, these concepts seem helpful and even innovative, and I was fooled by the very detailed website for Smith’s school into thinking that it might be as progressive as he claims.

Dr. Touretzky maintains that Hubbard’s “Study Tech,” is really just Scientology religion disguised as education. With a philosophy and methods based primarily on Scientology founder Hubbard’s “Study Tech,” Smith’s school may strive to indoctrinate students into Scientology with no disclosure to their families.

The curriculum and details for the New Village Academy are straight out of Study Tech, but other educational philosophies are thrown in the glossary to make it seem like a balanced education. There is no mention that most of the teaching methods are taken straight from Scientology, or that children are being taught religious concepts under the guise of a secular education.

Study Tech has no proven effectiveness, is entirely based on Scientology, and is deemed harmful by education experts
If you’re interested in reading more about this, there is very useful detail on Studytech.org. Here’s a pertinent excerpt:

The contents of the Study Tech books are taken directly from Scientology scriptures published over a period of about twenty years between approximately 1960 and 1980. Not all of the material is reproduced in exactly the same form in the Scientology and Applied Scholastics versions. A number of significant changes have been made. Hubbard’s rambling lectures have virtually been rewritten, although their underlying message remains the same. Some of the wording of original Scientology materials has been modified, presumably to make it more readable to a non-Scientologist audience. All mention of Scientology has systematically been removed, although some Scientology jargon still remains. But despite these modifications, much of the text remains close to the original Scientology versions in word or spirit. Each chapter of the Basic Study Manual is drawn from one or more original Scientology works, often retaining the same or an abbreviated version of the titles.

[From StudyTech.org]

There is not a single study or independent educational expert who can vouch for the effectiveness of Hubbard’s Study Tech, and there are only vague and unsubstantiated claims by the Scientology organizations.

Many education experts maintain that Study Tech is “old” and “inadequate” at best, and can be harmful to children, because it’s based on one man’s unproven ideas that often run counter to established, tested practices in education.

Conclusion: A Scientology school disguised as a progressive private school
Will Smith has started a school that teaches Scientology principles and is touting it as if it’s based on the latest educational research. A similar Scientology school was started in Milton, Massachusetts 10 years ago, with many parents claiming that the primary objective of the school was to recruit new members to the cult. For a celebrity who needs to distance himself from Scientology in order to ensure public acceptance, this is not the wisest move he could make.

Here’s an excellent conclusion by Dr. Touretzky:

To summarize: what this looks like to me is a bunch of Scientologists got Will Smith to bankroll a school run on Scientology principles leavened with a touch of Hollywood “we are the world” liberalism. L. Ron Hubbard, who had nothing but contempt for black Africans, would not be buying goats for impoverished villages — unless he saw a way to milk it for PR value. But to make Will Smith and his crowd think the school is “hip” and promotes Hollywood values, they throw in some
plastic recycling and token third world charity along with the usual cult indoctrination stuff.

You can bet Will’s buddy Tom Cruise had a big part in all this.

[E-mail received from Dr. Dave Touretzky]

Credit for helping to come up with the ideas for this post goes to commenters Anonymous, LS, Mairead, and FormerSCN on our original post about Smith’s school. Dr. Touretzky helped find additional ties to Scientology and analysis.

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  1. headache says:

    I know I’m gonna get flack for saying so, but who cares? People send their kids to Catholic school all the time and they are atheists or otherwise.

    This does prove though that Will is a closet scientologists. Although as long as he keeps his mouth shut about it, I could care less.

  2. mamalicious says:

    Do they teach you how to perfect home-made Kahlua there?
    “Truth”, give us the insider details please.

    Now excuse me while I chant my thing…Kahhhluuuaaaa Kahhhluuuaaaa Kahhhluuuaaaa

  3. Mairead says:

    *wags my finger at headache* Shaaaaaaaaaame on you! 😉 (only messing)

    Thanks for the credit CB – there was really no need as I haven’t actually read anything else on this other than your post and what was contained within that just reminded me of what ex-scientologists who were educated in the Delphi and Saint Hill schools said of their schooling.

    Although generally articulate, their schooling did seem to be very lacking in depth, sometimes taught by people with no qualifications. The children could get a GED but many simply just stopped going to school at 18 when they no longer had to. Other children state that they were recruited to Sea Org when 16 or younger, so they had very little education full stop.

    This lack of world-knowledge then seemed to help with their indoctrination into Sea Org.

    So what do I have against this school if it is a Scientology school – well, if you’re a Scientologist, who wants to raise your children in Scientology and encourage them to work for the Church of Scientology, then it’s probably marvellous.

    If on the other hand, you are not a Sciento, with aspirations for your children to have normal working lives and fit into standard universities that what I have read of Scientology teaching methods are seriously lacking and will not equip their students properly for working or academic life.

  4. Mairead says:

    ooooh mamalicious – I must say, I am VERY intrigued by your new cult on the other thread and would like to read more literature on your belief system 😀

    I’ve even got Caramel Creme AND Choc Mint flavoured Baileys 😈 😈 😈

  5. Sasha says:

    That’s a big no duuuuuuuuuuuhh, CB. 😆

  6. fgh says:

    What headache said. Ditto.

    Plus I was taught this way and it worked for me….and I’m not a scientologist. It’s logical teaching, As for the “cult” aspect…there are churches on every block…just because they’re older doesn’t mean they weren’t “cults” at one time too. Like the dish for money doesn’t happen at every church?

  7. The Observer says:

    Oh dear.

    Can’t convince people to join a loony cult, hey here’s an idea!! Let’s open a school and indoctrinate the heck outta the kids while they still absorb anything we throw at them…

    but wait there’s more, SINCE SCIENTOLOGY is a money making machine, let’s charge tons of money for the education and still make faithful servants and true followers of the cult of $cientology…

    The world does not have enough crazy people….



    Oh yea my sig…

    Shakira Mebarak owes me money.

  8. Matilda says:

    AGAIN WHO CARES? Why is it that bigots think they should bring up their bigotry all the time?

  9. Sasha says:

    Spoken like a true clam there, Matilda. Make sure to list this site and me as an SP.

  10. mamalicious says:

    Hey Mairead, our spokeswhore is “Truth”. I’m only a follower. Our founder was CB Rawks (way back, only yesterday). You can bring your wierd Baileys, though. I’m sure it gives the same result.
    Kahlua Out

  11. Mairead says:


  12. Scott F. says:

    ‘Kay… for those of you who STILL don’t get it, I’ll try one more time. (Not really sure why I’m doing this, as it’s pretty obvious that those defending this shit are internet plants, something the Scientologists use ALL the time).

    “Like the dish for money doesn’t happen at every church?”

    Are you really that stupid? I mean, I thought Scientology taught amazing deductive reasoning skills? Guess you haven’t paid enough to attain that level yet. Yeah, other religions pass a collection plate, and if I want to, I can pass it right on down the line without paying a dime! Guess what else, I can keep coming every day for my entire life and they will NEVER kick me out if I don’t contribute money to the church. THAT is the difference between a religion and a cult.

    You are REQUIRED to pay to advance every level in Scientology, and if you can’t pay, you can do some ‘work’ for them. Meaning, they employ indentured servitude, a process the rest of the country got rid of some 200 years ago.

    Headache – I can understand what you’re saying about Catholic schools, but there is one HUGE difference. Namely, a Catholic school actually ADMITS that it’s a Catholic school. You know, it’s usually called St. Something, and advertises a religious curriculum. Will Smith is trying to start a Scientology school, and billing it as non-denominational.

    If he came out and just admitted what it was, we wouldn’t have this problem.

  13. Angel says:

    Oh, MAN…
    Hear that flushing sound? That’s where my respect for Will Smith has just gone. I agree with Scott, if he would just admit he’s a convert, there would be no need for debate; however, the fact that he is STILL denying what we all now know is strange, isn’t it?

  14. fgh says:

    I am not scienologist or plant fool! Get your facts straight. Out of all donations given in th USA…80percent are to churches. A fact. google it…I did.
    I’m a buddhist btw. I was raised by a great Dad who taught me without skipping steps and made me use a dictionary…that’s what I meant about being taught in a similar way. I learn fast because of it….you don’t have to be a Scientologist to teach your kids so they understand. Just an active parent.

    Read the book “HAWKWOOD” and get a damn historical clue.

    Stop being so angry and spilling it on me. I’m ghost.

  15. fgh says:

    I can;t go anywhere without a church or organization wanting my money. What planet are you on?

  16. chi chi says:

    why don’t they just annonce their engagement and get it over with? they make a cute couple! 😆

  17. Scott F. says:

    Yeah, this is obviously a fantastic way to educate children. Meaning, you’ve got the deductive reasoning skills one might attribute to a trained ape. Seriously, how can it be made any clearer to you?

    They ASK for money, Scientology DEMANDS it. That’s like saying that it’s the same to ask a friend to spot you 20 bucks as it is to steal it from his wallet.

    A Catholic priest, Muslim Cleric, Protestant Pastor, ect. will never charge you for the privilege of learning about the Bible, Koran, Torah, ect. If you want to achieve the next ‘level’ of Scientology, you HAVE to pay them.

    Yeah, 80% of all donations in this country go to religious organizations. The Catholics build hospitals and schools, Protestants have the salvation army, ect. What does the money they give to Scientology do? Oh, they give New York Firefighters and Police steam baths to ‘cure’ them of all the shit they inhaled at ground zero. That cost them about 30,000 bucks, the other 50 million they made that year went to the cult higherups to throw parties for Tom Cruise.

    If you can’t understand the difference between charity and extortion… well, you might not be a Scientologist yet, but you’re sure a fitting candidate.

  18. Julie says:

    Forget it, Scott F. It’s no use arguing with clams (and yes, fgh is definitely ringing my clam radar — he wouldn’t be the first person to deny his clam status). And for the record, I agree with you. I was a part of a Baptist fellowship group in college. They went on a retreat every year and asked me to go, but I couldn’t afford it. You know what the group did? They dipped into their funds and paid for me. They didn’t berate me for not having enough money or tell me to blow my college savings, and I wasn’t pressed into slave labor to make up the cost.

    I could go to any pastor, priest, or rabbi and ask them to explain what their beliefs meant, and I’d get a clear answer. Like any Scientologist would tell me about Xenu.

  19. lanette says:

    i don’t get why this is an issue. it’s not like the men in this religion have a half a dozen wives who are all pregnant.
    Hell if you don’t like it damn it don’t send your kid to the school.

    there are all kinds of school but you have a problem with this one?

  20. Devilgirl says:

    Bottom line, you don’t have to send your kid there if you don’t want, and you can’t if you don’t have the several thousand for tuition. It is not a big shock that it may be a Scientology based school, given the fact that Will is so up Tommy’s ass, and eager to please those in the church’s hierarchy. Let fool’s send their kids there and be educated by Scientologists. They certainly won’t be turning out Einstein’s if Tom Cruise is any indication of their intelligence level. Other than making money off of hapless movie goers, has anyone ever thought that TC has never really sounded like anything other than an hysterical, laughing, hyperactive idiot? ❓

  21. CeeJay says:

    To me there’s something strange about a “religion” that doesn’t openly share their “Word” with the rest of society. Like Julie said, reps of other religions are happy to share their knowledge and spread The Word. A friend of mine who recently left L.A. said she dipped into the group because her boss encouraged her to check it out. After several sessions she asked why it would cost so much money for her to reach a specific level. She was told the “knowledge” and “enlightening” were so superior to anything she would learn anywhere else that a price had to be put on it. Scientologist’s believe a commitment of personal funds creates “ownership” in the lifestyle. Well, sure it does. Even fools will spend time and energy on something they have paid a ton of $$ to get.

  22. Diva says:

    Fully support your crusade, cb!

  23. L. RON HUBBARD says:

    How can these people make a cult out of my science fiction books. They are all fake stories for entertainment.

  24. L. RON HUBBARD says:

    10-4 GOOD BUDDY, Beam me up Scotty there ain’t no intelegent life down here.

  25. Italiangirl says:

    What shining example is there of a student who reflects the effectiveness of the Scientological method? David Miscavige, its leader? He’s been in the cult for a long time and is a high school drop-out.

    So, if you want your kid to drop out of society and its wog educational systems, send them to the Scientology school for career training as a “follower,” so they can take their place in the “new order.” I assure you, few will be ruthless and tyrannical enough to reach Miscavige’s status in the cult.

    Montessori is turning over in her grave that this cult is using bits of her method as a cover for their fascism. She wanted no part of Mussolini and she would feel the same about Miscavige.

    Why don’t they just give the kids PhDs from Sequoia U., where Ron bought his.

  26. 9 says:

    As soon as I read the mission statement for NVA, I knew it was a Scientologist-based school. The words they use, such as “world”, “humankind”, “ethics” among others kind of raise a red flag there. ):

    Ugh. My respect for Will Smith has just been swept by this breeze.

  27. poopie says:

    okay (gets out list).. now i add will smith movies to my list of NOT TO WATCH films.. hmm.. need to alphabetize this thing.. getting harder to manage..

    i expect this ‘school’ will be the IT school for hollyweird.. suri will be a cheerleader in no time

  28. Whelkin says:

    So I went to a normal, run o’ the mill public school in the country… and guess what? Dozens of dictionaries AND thesauruses! Most of my teachers were more than willing to explain the definition of a word by itself and in context…

    of course they didn’t feel the need to patent the idea and fluff it up with redundant language and call it ‘technology’

    PS: for the first time EVER since frequenting this site I agree with everything Scott F has said 😉

  29. SdnS says:

    Just curious. . .Do you think this will help, hinder, or have no effect on his new movie, HANCOCK?

  30. CB Rawks says:

    “Now excuse me while I chant my thing…Kahhhluuuaaaa Kahhhluuuaaaa Kahhhluuuaaaa”

    hehehehe! Awesome! 😆
    Ooh yes, I have to get that home-made recipe too, because I am DRY here people!

  31. CB Rawks says:

    May 17th, 2008 at 6:18 pm ooooh mamalicious – I must say, I am VERY intrigued by your new cult on the other thread and would like to read more literature on your belief system”

    Well see, the thing is it was more of an epiphany.
    And while I can’t convincingly say I was touched by anything otherworldly, I WAS shaky enough with the hankering for coffee-flavoured booze that I didn’t really have time to write anything down.

  32. Musey says:

    Goddamn it, and here I’ve been hiding my head in the sand and telling myself Will Smith really wasn’t a Scientologist, because I really wanted to keep liking him.

    There is nothing slimier than tricking people into handing their children over for brainwashing like that. Adults can at least make their own decisions about Scientology, for the most part (excluding the mentally ill adults the cult preys on and denies treatment, but that’s another rant entirely.) But kids who don’t know any better, can’t fight back and whose parents just thought they were sending to a good progressive private school? The word really, really needs to get out that this is a Scientology school, since he was clearly hoping nobody would realize for a while until it was too late for most of the kids who’d been ‘educated’ there.

    What Will Smith is doing is much, much worse than what Tom Cruise and John Travolta and company are doing. They at least admit that they’re Scientologists and put their crazy out there for the world to see, so people know what they’re getting with them. Will Smith is being deceitful, and there are no circumstances under which it’s excusable.

  33. jp says:

    I don’t think much of Scientology as a group or ideology, but the idea of being sure that your students know exactly where and why they made errors is very sound. Re-going over material with them is valid. Teaching them how to recheck themselves, how to be sure that they know the materials is valid. I found it made such a difference in my students, even the least performing, when I changed from the traditional method–throw something out there and let the students try to guess how and what to learn– to teaching them how to learn and how to know what to learn and what not to learn.

    One of the most important things for the critics to learn is just because you don’t agree with or like something about someone (in this case Scientology), doesn’t mean that everything they do is automatically without merit. Likewise, just because you just noticed it in one particular group (Scientology) doesn’t mean they necessarily invented it or are the sole practitioners. I came to this technique on my own after being frustrated with the high drop out rates in classes taught in the old way. I called it Positive Certain Teaching and Learning. I know other teachers who independently and in small groups have also discovered this technique.

    It doesn’t mean a lot of “touchy feely” hand holding or reducing standards. Rather it starts with the idea that most people are pretty smart and intelligent and rather than just accepting the idea that there’s a Bell Curve for outcomes, one shows the lower achievers how to become high achievers.

    I had students who flunked my exams/classes the first time around, but when they adopted a positive learning attitude, earned A’s and B’s on harder material. (All re-exams were graded 10-15% harder!)

  34. Alex says:

    It’s funny that no specific mention of what current teaching principles or values this goes against is listed…I smell a rat. Maybe the stuff works?

  35. Snowblood says:

    Musey makes an excellent point, and ditto what the poster above said, too, in that this has got to be the first time ever I, too, have agreed completely with a post Scott F has put up!

    But you’re so right, Musey, the slimy, sleazy, creepy, very low-down aspect of Smith’s character to be doing this is terrible, and really sucks, ’cause I’ve always liked Will Smith, and now – poof. All gone. No more likie.

  36. velvet elvis says:

    Somewhere down in Hell, L Ron Hubbard is sharing a drink with the devil and laughing his ass off that people actually bought into his science fiction shit.

  37. Teresa says:

    I’m glad I’m an Agnostic…I don’t have to “Pay” for religious enlightenment…
    or have someone from any religion to tell me how I feel or should be.

  38. Kdoghowls says:

    I take great offense at the comments made by certain people who have posted here, as to the idea that all religions charge a fee for being part of that religion.

    Scientologists charge a fee for everything associated with their “religion”. Their services, their books and their equipment. Christians give away Bibles, every Jewish synagogue has Talmuds and Torahs for anyone to read, and if you want to see a copy of the Qur’an, you need only look as far as your local mosque.

    A true religion offers its knowledge and teachings free of charge. Any money or services rendered are given freely. The only people who get money out of offerings are the clergy of that religion, and they are paided because they have no other job or source of income. That said, they don’t get paid all that much. I’ve never heard of a legitimate minister, rabbi, or mullah who lived in a mansion.

    If Scientology was a legitimate religion, then why does it only seem to spread to rich or upper-middle class people? I wonder if the great Will Smith tried to spread the joy of Scientology to those poor AIDS-stricken Africans he visited a couple years ago, and trumpeted the cause of. Oh wait I’m sorry, Scientology has a word for those people, Notfinaciallyprofitable, which is a Scientology term for “untouchable”.

    ‘Nuff said.

  39. smack says:

    Paying to advance levels, sounds like buying gold for WoW.

    maybe I could join the Scientoligists, and sell my levels on ebay. 🙂

  40. Travelezz says:

    HEY ALL OF YOU-THIS IS STRAIGHT OUT OF THE OLDEST BOOK-Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth=BIBLE “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this; “to visit orphans and widows in their trouble…in other words true “religion” is LOVE and CARING for everyone. Man has defiled it’s true meaing. GOD BLESS

  41. Chris_Europe says:

    OH MY DEAR !!
    WE ARE IN EUROPE a lot of persons and family destroy by this organisation …

  42. marilyn zych says:

    …When I was young, back in the day, in Hollywood… a friend came to my door late one night. He said that his life was in danger. He needed a place to hide. He said he wanted to leave Scientology. He said his wife and children had been brainwashed against him. He said, “they told my family that I am in a state of treason”.
    I have never trusted scientology because of this.
    …you pay up, give them your confessions (audit), allow your family to be controlled,and you can never leave…
    You call that religion?

  43. JCK says:

    The key point to this article is this, how would you feel if you enrolled your child in a school named ‘St James Primary School’ only to find out that your child was being taught to obey Shariah law, follow Arabic customs and dress, give prayers to Allah and quietly converted to Islam by teachers actively pushing Islamic religion. How would you feel?

    Sure there are religious schools. But parents are aware of what they are sending their children to.

  44. sally says:

    Here is an African American who was a role model – a public figure, to look up to – respect & admire . . . and then he had to go and f*ck it up by becoming a Scientologist – and be an open Scientologist, at that. Whitney Houston is another example! Was a great model until she revealed herself as being a crack whore with no parenting skills (her daughter is quite troubled, and does nothing to help her.) Oprah is one of the few African American role models left. Why couldn’t he just stuck to being an actor?? Or, why couldn’t he just have QUIETLY sponsored this school?
    SO disappointing!!!!!!!!

  45. bessie says:

    to headache: apparently you didn’t graduate grade school! If I were as dumb and unifrmed as you, I’d just keep my ignorant mouth shut 🙁

  46. ThatBKChick says:

    Actually Sally, I must agree with you, being an African American myself. I just do not know why he would found these educational principles on such foolishness? I know that WIll and Jada for years, has chosen to educate their children at home/themselves, but this is just really distressing and sickening. I actually have a graduate degree in literacy, and I have looked closely at the this educational principles, and I am deeply distressed myself that they wold resort to using the guiding principles of these idiots!

  47. Anonymoms says:

    I am weirded out by the idea that you need to know the exact definition of words in order to learn anything. First of all, I think language is a living ever-changing thing, and words don’t have exact definitions, and to think that they do is kind of reductionist and delusional. And to me, “learning to learn” means being able to take in a lot of information and then organize it in your mind so it makes some sense.

    It may help kids be better test takers if you teach them the exact thought process one person used to build a doghouse or plant a tree, but in everyday life it seems like that way of learning would be absolutely crippling. Can you imagine thinking you can’t move forward unless you understood every little detail of the task you were trying to accomplish? You’d never get anything done! You’d be paralyzed…that is unless some big brother type could step in and tell you how to do things.

    Ugh. Strangely enough, I see a lot of similarities between this reductionist way of educating and the fundamentalist Christian way that I was taught to interpret the Bible. The literalist worldview did me no favors and I don’t think it’ll do the kids in that school any favors either.

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