Opinion: A New Perspective on the Will Smith School

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The ether has been deluged with ominous allegations of a “Scientology connection” in Will Smith’s new private school. And Oh-My-God, it is even reported that there are Scientologists planning to teach there! Hurry! Where’s the bird flue vaccine!

Let's step back for a moment. Someone must really think Scientology is big news if they think this is a “story.”

I admit Will Smith is one of the sexiest men alive. But let’s really put this in perspective. The Google Directory indexes web sites of more than 600 Christian colleges and universities just in the United States. At least 34 of these are Catholic schools. Do you read about this in the news? Not very likely. Do we then have people clamoring at the gates complaining their kids are being proselytized? I don’t think so.

CBS News ran a homey, friendly, everyone-thinks-it’s-great show in 2006 about the most famous graduates of Notre Dame, including Joe Montana and Regis Philbin. Was this followed by a spate of controversy over whether Regis was a closet priest of Joe really wants to join a monastery?

So what’s the controversy? That Scientologists claim they get better results than the school system by using study technology? That Will Smith would prefer that his kids learn karate and sports and how to read and write than that they spend their school days learning how to cheat on tests and sneak in a toke in the bathroom?

If Will Smith wants to spend his money setting up a school so his kids get a step up in life, I say go for it.

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Submitted by sigh (not verified) on
You can't make the comparison to Christian colleges. They acknowledge that they are religious. Will claims that his school is secular but it isn't. The "Study Tech" is actually the Scientology faith in disguise. This a a recruiting trick Scientology uses often. They also use it in their Narconon (drug rehab program). All the experts agree that Narconon is not beneficial 9most say it actually is harmful AND that the program like the school Study Porgram are not based on any scientific fact but religious scripture. Again this is fine if you tell people this honestly before they sign up. Pertending that it has scientifically proven results or that experst supprt it or that it isn't religoius when it is....THAT IS DISHONEST! People hhave a right to be upset and demand transparency. If I am signing my kid up fpr rehab or kindergarten I havethe right to know the truth about the methods used. Again Christian schools tell yuo they are religious from the outset Smiths school actively tries to hide it. THere is a great article about their Study Tech and how it is actually there religion in disguise. I will find it and post it in a moment.

Submitted by sigh (not verified) on
http://www.studytech.org/study_tech.php here you can find a great analysis of how "Scientology Study tech" is actually a recruiting tool for the religion. Also Radio Canada has a great program on Narconon the drug rehab equivalent of their schools. If you don't speak french I know someone made a youtube video of the TV show with english subtitles that is pretty well translated. Just type in Narconon and radio canada in teh youtube search bar. If you do the research you will see that this isn't at all about religious hatred it is about honesty. Someone can be a scientologist but they can't try and trick me into putting my kids into a scientology drug rehab program or school that is not based in scientific evidence but on their scriptures.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
And it would have been even better if it wasn't written by a scientologist. WOW CREEPY. Search for the author's 'alias' in google

Submitted by SIGH (not verified) on
Reprint concise and no links.... My point is that the christian schools admit their Christian affiliations and that they are prostelytizing. Wills school claims that it is secular but many people (including ex-scientologists) have demonstrated how "Study tech" is just the scientology religion in disguise. Look at the intensive anaylisis by David S. Touretzky Prof at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition & Computer at Carnegie Mellon University. If you google not only him and study tech but just study tech in general you will find many others discussing the dishonest tactics. These tactics are wide spread by the Church of Scientology. It is also used in their Narconon drug rehab program. They claim it is not religious but it is not based in any scientific finding and leading experts actually suspect that the program does more harm than good. The whole thing is based on religious scriptures but they lie and say it is based on "proof". Google "Radio Canada" and 'Narconon" and this well respected news program gives you an indepth look at how they lie with commentary with an ex-scientologist explaining her involvement in progating their lies about how these programs and schools are religious recruiting tools. (English subtitle version on youtube) I don't mind that there are scientology drug programs and schools I mind that they try and trick people into them by saying they are secular programs. Do the research and you will see this isn't about religious intolerance it is about the healthy intolerance towards lies and the liars who tell them. Taking a moment for truth, best regards, Amanda

Submitted by luana1980 on
That's all I need to know about it. There are too many "authorities" and too less results.

Submitted by Be Honest (not verified) on
This is a question of honesty. Will Smith has and continues to claim his school is secular, when in fact it is religious school. Just change the religions. How would you feel if you enrolled your children in a school named St Thomas, a school which claimed itself a catholic school, only to find one year later that your children have joined the Muslim faith. Suddenly, you realize that St Thomas was actually a Islamic school, with teachers who are actively trying to convert it students to the Islam? Would you feel outraged? Might you even feel that the school was being dishonest? Parents should know the truth. Despite the claims, Will Smith's school is a religious school for Scientology. Once they know what this school is, they can then decided to enroll their children in that school or not. Lastly, you must ask yourself why the subterfuge? Why the false colors? Why is this Scientology school trying so hard to pretend it is a secular school? It makes you feel that are trying to catch the uninformed parent.

Submitted by Be Honest (not verified) on
This is a question of honesty. Will Smith has and continues to claim his school is secular, when in fact it is religious school. Just change the religions. How would you feel if you enrolled your children in a school named St Thomas, a school which claimed itself a catholic school, only to find one year later that your children have joined the Muslim faith. Suddenly, you realize that St Thomas was actually a Islamic school, with teachers who are actively trying to convert it students to the Islam? Would you feel outraged? Might you even feel that the school was being dishonest? Parents should know the truth. Despite the claims, Will Smith's school is a religious school for Scientology. Once they know what this school is, they can then decided to enroll their children in that school or not. Lastly, you must ask yourself why the subterfuge? Why the false colors? Why is this Scientology school trying so hard to pretend it is a secular school? It makes you feel that are trying to catch the uninformed parent.

Submitted by luana1980 on
Study technology has nothing religious to it though. Just like the rule that "taking a walk does extrovert" is not religious.

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