Nearly half of all American adults—90 million people—are functionally illiterate. Eight million students have been labeled as “learning disabled,” with schools’ answer to the situation not being the three “Rs,” but prescription drugs. While the cost of this crisis to governments, businesses and taxpayers runs in the trillions of dollars, the cost in human terms is incalculable.
Recognizing the failings of the system as far back as the 1950s, L. Ron Hubbard developed an actual “technology” of learning with which to master any subject. These educational breakthroughs are collectively known as Study Technology and provide students at every age and educational level with the ingredient missing from modern education—namely, learning how to learn.
For more than three decades, the introduction of Study Technology into schools and universities was largely a grassroots effort initiated by educators united under the banner of Applied Scholastics. Today that grassroots campaign represents a worldwide movement based at the Applied Scholastics International headquarters and training center. Opened in 2003, the 100-acre campus is located in the Spanish Lake district of St. Louis, Missouri.
There are now over 900 Applied Scholastics groups across 67 countries, with more than 400 of those opened in the last seven years alone. Additionally, educators from some 42 nations—including India, Japan, Palestine and Swaziland—have trained in Study Technology. Given that these teachers in turn train their colleagues and students, those who have benefited from Study Technology presently number upwards of 32 million.