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Scientology's controversial push to enter schools with learning material — including in Australia

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  1. Scientology's controversial push to enter schools with learning material — including in Australia.

    A thorough and well-researched story.

    ABC News Australia: Scientology's controversial push to enter schools with learning material — including in Australia

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-05/scientology-campaign-to-push-educational-materials-in-schools/11069666

    Pacific Beat
    By Sean Mantesso
    Updated about 2 hours ago

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    Key points:

    An investigation revealed that Scientology material is being taught in six Samoan schools

    Experts warn Scientology is covertly pushing its ideology in schools across the world

    It uses affiliate groups like Applied Scholastics and ABLE to obscure its involvement

    There are two schools here in Australia that use the works of Applied Scholastics

    In February last year, Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele was photographed alongside Warren Meyer, the "humanitarian ambassador" for a group called Applied Scholastics.

    The two were holding a textbook titled Learning How To Learn — one of 10,000 copies gifted to the small Pacific island nation.

    But the friendly photograph belies a more bizarre and complex reality.

    The much-needed educational resources for the children of Samoa were in fact books containing the teachings of L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the controversial Church of Scientology.

    It has now been revealed — thanks to an investigation by the Samoa Observer published earlier this week — that there are at least six schools in Samoa using these teaching methods.

    Applied Scholastics has also told the ABC that more than a dozen Samoan educators have travelled to the group's headquarters in Missouri for training.

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