Archive Message - 1995

Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From!!!sun4nl!xs4all!!not-for-mail Mon Jul 10 17:00:00 1995 Path:!!!sun4nl!xs4all!!not-for-mail From: nobody@REPLAY.COM (Anonymous) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Big Suprise Date: 8 Jul 1995 00:10:41 +0200 Organization: RePLaY aND CoMPaNY UnLimited Lines: 57 Sender: Message-ID: <3tkbd1$> NNTP-Posting-Host: Content-Type: text Content-Length: 2628 XComm: Replay may or may not approve of the content of this posting XComm: Report misuse of this automated service to <postmaster@REPLAY.COM> Bored student gets 'geometry' defined and world opens up Commercial Appeal (Memphis) Tuesday July 4, 1995 By David Waters Damien Scott used to sit in geometry class and wonder about the shortest distance between two points: his desk and the door. Then someone helped him approach the class from a different angle. A tutor at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational and Cultural Center started with the word. He helped Damien look up "geometry" in the dictionary. "It was a Greek word," said Damien, 16, whose geometry grades have improved. "'Geo' meant the Earth, and 'metric' meant the measurement of something. So it was the measurement of the Earth. That made a lot more sense than just something about math." Words are the foundation of the Memphis Literacy Project, which Damien participated in last year at the MLK Center. The program was brought to Memphis last year by Isaac Hayes, the award-winning entertainer and North Memphis native. Hayes performed at Monday night's Star Spangled Celebration and plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to the local program. "It's gonna blow people's minds," Hayes said of the program's effectiveness. It makes you feel life is worth it." Hayes is a spokesman for the World Literacy Project, launched in May 1992 following the Los Angeles riots. The project uses L. Ron Hubbard's Study Technology, a teaching and tutoring method that promotes learning and study skills as well as literacy. There are 25 similar programs across the country. Hubbard was the founder of Scientology, but the literacy project's founder - a Baptist minister - said he's found nothing objectionable in the materials. "I know it works," said R. Alfreddie Johnson of Compton, Calif. "We've used it to help gang members, dyslexics, kids who were diagnosed as attention deficit and regular kids." Johnson said literacy isn't just about learning to read and write. Students who are bored, restless or disruptive often know how to read. "But if they don't understand the meaning of a word," he said, "or don't know or care how to apply what they're learning to the real world, they're gonna get bored or get mad." Hayes said he hopes to expand the program to North Memphis and other local sites as soon as funding is available. "I was lucky," said Hayes, who dropped out of school at 14 but returned with the help of several teachers. "Deep down I wanted to be in school. But a lot of kids quit because they don't understand. Kids withdraw when they don't understand. If you see no future, you behave irrationally. Education gives you a future."


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