Scientology Handbook Provides Effective Tools for Teachers in Mumbai, India
Recent training, delivered to teachers at the Sir J.J.P.B.I. English School for Girls in Mumbai, India, based on the Scientology Handbook, was an unqualified success.
'In this course I got a broad knowledge of the technology of how to learn,' said one of the teachers. 'It will be of great help for me in my teaching profession.'
"The course refreshed many concepts that one tends to ignore or forget during the course of teaching over a long period of time. It also introduced new techniques to enhance study skills and performance of students," said one of the teachers.
"The seminar was very interesting," said another teacher, who was particularly happy to now know "the different ways to teach small children who lose interest in their studies." What's more, the seminar drove home the point that "to teach somebody, it is necessary that they be able to learn."
The study of how one learns, long a concern of philosophy, was an important focus for Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. In his studies into the mind and spirit, L. Ron Hubbard gained great understanding of the mind and how one learns new things. But it was in his research in how to train Scientologists to apply Scientology and Dianetics spiritual technology that he discovered the basic laws of study: laws that pertain to any subject and enable the individual to competently apply what he or she has learned.
Some years later, moved by the extent of the social decay of the 1970's, Mr. Hubbard created the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program to counter the alarming trend of crime and immorality. As a facet of this program he had the Scientology Handbook compiled, as the text VMs could use to learn technology capable of turning around this cultural decay. And noting the correlation between illiteracy and criminality, he directed that the basic information on study technology be included in this volume.
In an article he wrote at that time, "Religious Influence in Society," Mr. Hubbard said, "We are today at a watershed of history and our actions today will decide whether the world goes up from here or continues to slide into some new dark age." And he laid out positive solutions, saying, "If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a VOLUNTEER MINISTER and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance."
Fast forward 30 years and we find literacy and the ability to apply what one has studied to be a serious problem today. According to UNESCO, there are 771 million illiterate adults in the world today, about two-thirds of whom are women. More than 30% of these illiterate adults live in India.
But the problem of illiteracy is not confined to so-called Third World nations. Last week the US Department of Education announced that more than a third of Washington D.C. residents were found to be functionally illiterate.
The seminar provided by the Scientology Volunteer Ministers India Goodwill Tour to these Mumbai teachers was based on a chapter of the Scientology Handbook called, "The Technology of Study." It contains basic information on breakthroughs L. Ron Hubbard made in the field of learning. As stated on the Volunteer Ministers web site, "Solving this problem has everything to do with the success and future of an individual and a community itself. Volunteer Ministers provide this technology to students, parents and educators so they can do something effective about learning difficulties and illiteracy."
And that is exactly what the teachers at Sir J.J.P.B.I. English School got out of their seminar. Here are some of the results they experienced:
"In this course I got a broad knowledge of the technology of how to learn," said one of the teachers. "It will be of great help for me in my teaching profession."
"It helped me to identify the problems of distracted students and give them remedial teaching," said another teacher.
Another described it as "of immense use to the students. The various barriers to learning were enlightening and the measures suggested will definitely be implemented."
And when asked how they would use this to help their students, their answers included:
"Teaching will be more meaningful and interesting. It has been a wonderful experience. Thank you all."
"This seminar will definitely help us while teaching as well as in our day to day life."
Any group or organization that wants to greatly improve their own understanding of the subject of study and help others gain these skills can schedule a Volunteer Ministers literacy seminar online on the Scientology Volunteer Minister web site.
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