With recent news stories about Will Smith opening up his own school, there has been a bit of mention of Hubbard’s “Study Technology”.
This often gets into an analysis and critique of the several remedies in this package of tools, “Is this valid? Does that work?” That is, in my opinion, missing the point.
There is a significant problem with Hubbard’s Study Technology. Carefully analyzing parts of the package is like carefully studying a few trees in a forest. You may understand one tree better, but you won’t understand the forest.
Let me tell you what the problem is. It’s a big one.
First, a better name for Hubbard’s Study Technology is “Indoctrination Technology”. That may sound like I’m making some snarky comment and taking a dig at Scientology, but I’m perfectly serious. Hubbard’s study technology is very specifically designed by Hubbard as a tool for indoctrinating his students into his Scientology writings.
Hubbard assumed, and his “Study Tech” assumes, that the material being studied is 100% perfect and 100% complete. After all, they were studying Scientology.
This is very, very significant as a basis for approaching study. When these are your assumptions, that the material is perfect and complete, then any difficulty the student has must be the fault of the student. And this is, indeed the basis for all the “remedies” of the Study Tech. Every study remedy assumes that it is the student who is wrong.
Hubbard’s Study Tech does not allow for the material being studied to be incomplete, wrong, poorly written, confusing, or at fault in any way. (Yes, that is ironic.)
Hubbard’s Study Tech does not allow for any fault in the environment or the teacher. The fault is always with the student.
The job of the student, as inculcated by Hubbard’s Study Tech, is to duplicate and agree with the materials being studied. Period. Indeed, “disagrees with the material” in Hubbard’s Study Tech is an indication of a student study error.
Figure out a better way? Nope. Research and find all the problems with the official material? Nope. Think for yourself? Not a chance. Just read, duplicate and agree.
If the student believes they’ve found an error in the material, the student must have a misunderstood word. If the student wants to do something differently than the way specified in the material, the student needs to apply Study Tech, find where the student was at fault, and then do it the authorized way.
This is what Hubbard required of his students, and that’s what his Study Tech is all about.
Hubbard’s Study Tech is a small number of tools which are ideal for indoctrination, but they are woefully inadequate for a robust education.
Students indoctrinated on a subject using Hubbard’s Study Tech would definitely not be inclined to “think outside the box”. Nor would they be likely to question authority.
Now, maybe that’s really great for hard-core religions and government schools, but is it the way you’d want your children taught?