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05/19/2008 04:46 AM ID: 70827 Permalink   

Will Smith School Teaches Scientology


Actor Will Smith has spent over a million dollars on his new private school titled the New Village Academy of Calabasas. Part of the school's curriculum is based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's "study technology."

The school's web site states it will also use other educational methods such as constructivism and Montessori schooling. The web site discusses the Scientology method which involves three steps: manipulatives, gradients and "misunderstood words."

Last April, Smith denied he was a member of Scientology and stated: "I am a Christian. I am a student of all religions. And I respect all people and all paths."

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  by: JFURY     05/19/2008 04:48 AM     
should take a lesson out of everyone elses book that tries to to be all to everyone. You cannot be everything to everyone and stll be credible. Respecting all people and all paths sounds very like all religions. Does he respect satanists and wicka movement and those that worship evil as well?
  by: sleeky     05/19/2008 05:26 AM     
First, it's "Wicca." Second, Wiccans aren't evil. They follow a nature religion; their crede is (in modern English) "If it harms no one, do what you will." They don't believe in taking retaliatory action against people who hurt them (something like karma apparently takes care of that for them). You're going to offend at least one SN user I can think of right off hand if you call Wicca an evil religion.

Also, if you're going to trot out examples of "evil" religions, you might want to read up on LaVeyan satanism first -- it's probably a lot different than you think.
  by: l´anglais     05/19/2008 06:44 AM     
I have not said that Wicca is evil. I said that it is a form of religion. the last paragraph'and those that worship evil as well.
  by: sleeky     05/19/2008 08:24 AM     
Truthfuly, you jumped the gun. sleeky might have mispelt wicca but that's hardly an offense on this site. There was also no targetting of contemporary or Le'Vay satanism either - or are you proposing that there is no other kind?
  by: lauriesman     05/19/2008 10:01 AM     
  I'm no racist but..  
Something doesn't seem right here.
This page:
Says that they are Non-Discriminative (racially, religiously, ...)
But on all pages that I've clicked, there are pictures of black students only, there are some white teachers though.
Could this be that he invited only his friends for the photo shoots?
  by: baraka     05/19/2008 10:34 AM     
  Sounds more like Fat Camp.  
1 hour PE a day with a no sugar / low fat policy.

As for the Scientology angle I can’t see it been that big a deal. It’s not like any of the kids earn enough money for L.Rons gang to be interested in recruiting them.
  by: mrploppy   05/19/2008 11:43 AM     
  Scientology Is a Cult!  
  by: myhand   05/19/2008 01:17 PM     
Wiccans might need to change their motto, unless they can forsee all consequnces of every action, else it might as well read "If you don't have to see or bear the consequences, do what you will."
  by: Excelsior   05/19/2008 01:33 PM     
  Not how it sounds  
The blurb says nothing about teaching scientology in the school, it only says that the teaching process utilizes some of L. Ron Hubbard's teaching methods. You can use those methods without the original message they were used for easily.
  by: tehashi   05/19/2008 05:41 PM     
I don't think that's any worse than certain other prominent religions saying, "You can't see the consequences, but trust us and just don't do it."
  by: MomentOfClarity     05/19/2008 06:12 PM     
"An' it harm none, do as ye will" is about as much as a "motto" as the Golden Rule or 10 Commandments (ie. it isn't). Like the 'Golden Rule' it's a way of life. Unfortunately, like the 'Golden Rule' it's also ignored a lot.

In truth, the Wiccan Rede ("An it harm none..."), is much like the 'Golden Rule' except it goes a bit further. While the 'Golden Rule' can be interpeted as 'treat others the way you'd like to be treated'. The Wiccan Rede is more along the lines of 'do as you like, as long as it harms none, including yourself'.
  by: StarShadow     05/19/2008 06:52 PM     
the parts of Scientology they're teaching are practical and they work, then go for it. That Wiccan 'golden rule' is a good one to live by (and I do in fact, though I'm not a Wiccan). The Christian 'do as you would be done by' is an excellent rule as well.

I happen to be atheist. You can get a lot of good stuff out of religious (or cult!) teachings without falling prey to the stupidity that permeates it.
  by: p_g_chris   05/19/2008 10:57 PM     
  why does  
being a good person automatically come with a religious stigma attached to it? such as 'the wiccan' rule ... or 'being a good christian'?
why can't i just be a good human?
  by: elijah4twenty     05/19/2008 11:10 PM     
sounds to me like will smith recognizes that he has a good life, and just wants everyone else to be happy too :)

lay back and light a bowl ladies and gentlemen. Be happy!
  by: Dekar   05/20/2008 12:59 AM     
You can. There are bad in every religion and those that follow none. I think that it is the simple rule of life: treat each other well and be a decent human. My girls get it from all sides religion wise and I did to an extent as a child. Some people just need their god or goddess to remind them what should be common sense.

The whole story of my family and who is in what religion would take an hour so to make it fast dad's side Southern Baptist mom side Catholic and Methodist. Husbands side Catholic went to the PTL then Luthern(sp?). Throw in cousins that are Jewish, Mormon, athiest, and 1 suspected Scientologist makes for an interesting family reunion. Oh I forgot to say I am pagan.

Continue to be a good human and hopefully pass it on to your offspring if/when you have any.
  by: TaraB     05/20/2008 06:33 AM     
"Some people just need their god or goddess to remind them what should be common sense."

Exactly, the majority (I hope) of people don't require an externally imposed moral code because it just comes naturally.
  by: StarShadow     05/20/2008 07:35 AM     
  I does not come naturally  
Star shadow look at all the people who commit all sorts of crimes.

It come natural to no-one.

We constantly fight with ourselves everyday to "be good". I'm not just talking about killing and those extremes I'm also talking about obeying the road rules for instance and all the things we take for granted in every day life.

A lttle 'white lie'is still a lie and when hubby tells you you look good even though he may think what you are wearing or the new hairstyles is crap.

I don't believe it comes naturally to do 'right'.

Of course decency is in all of us but that it because we choose to be decent and not the other way and some do choose the 'other way'.

  by: sleeky     05/20/2008 09:27 AM     
  Big Willy Style  
I think it's interesting that WS defense of NOT being a scientologist would include "I am a Christian". It seems to me that most people who entertain the idea of ANY religion wants to be cool with Jesus. I know a guy who said you can be both...which I hear commonly. I believe "respect for all" is a great comment, but you don't have to be a student of all to have repsect for all.
  by: crosimoto     05/20/2008 01:19 PM     
  Study Technology  
is secular and also used in the Church of Scientology. Same author, that's all. So Smith's school won't teach Scientology.
  by: luana1980     05/20/2008 11:59 PM     
  Criminon,Narconon,"study tech" all the same goal  
That's just what Scientology tells people so they don't get scared off, "study technology" is not secular at all. Narconon, Criminon, and "study tech" all have only one goal, to recruit people into the cult of Scientology.
  by: bob dobbs   05/21/2008 10:45 AM     
  Criminon,Narconon,"study tech" all the same goal  
That's just what Scientology tells people so they don't get scared off, "study technology" is not secular at all. Narconon, Criminon, and "study tech" all have only one goal, to recruit people into the cult of Scientology.
  by: bob dobbs   05/22/2008 07:04 AM     
  @bob dobbs  
Ex-cuse me?

You sound like a German, from this development country there where people still believe the purest nonsense about Scientology. Seriously, get out in the world and learn something new!
  by: luana1980     05/22/2008 10:10 PM     
'where people still believe the purest nonsense about Scientology'

i beg to differ. ... it would seem that quite a few believe none of the nonsense scientology pushes.
  by: elijah4twenty     05/22/2008 10:45 PM     
  @sleeky and @crosimoto  
following my religon comes naturally to me. but my religon is made up by me and dynamic to my circumstance. but it is probably more complex than christianity the main commandments are to try not to hypocritical and acceptance that all things are different and no one is equal.

my religon is not cool with jesus. he is a lazy messiah others alive at the same time achieved 100 times more for the people of the day. jesus was made the messiah 300 years after his death because of all the messiahs he was the easiest for the roman empire to deal with. if your the emporor of rome do you say son of god is the one that put up little defense and died meekly on a cross like a common slave accused of crimes or do you admit that the one that lead a few hundred farmers against a legion (700 soliders) and slaughtered them dispite a smaller force, lack of armour, weapons and training is probably the son of god.
  by: veya_victaous     05/23/2008 07:51 AM     
why dont you follow hubbards advice and start your own religon?
I mean he didn't even do a good job, it is easy to invent a better background story and dianetics is just basic field/aura study which i'm sorry but taosim has been doing it (with the confidence to invent accupuncture) for over 3000 years.
  by: veya_victaous     05/23/2008 07:56 AM     
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