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
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
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
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! You can find more details
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
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.