To halt the decline of educational standards, the Church of Scientology has published a new brochure, Scientology: How We Help—Applied Scholastics, Achieving Literacy and Education.

There is little doubt that American schools are failing in their duty to provide adequate education to our nation’s youth.

It was this fact that led U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to tell representatives of the National Newspaper Publishers Association on March 14 that he and President Obama agree that “schools must be accountable for the needs and performance of all students.”

Over the past several weeks, New Jersey, Illinois, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee have joined introducing legislation or taking drastic measures in an attempt to remedy failing schools. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie just announced the takeover of the Camden Central School District because of its dismal academic record. Chicago has sparked massive protests with its planned closure of 54 schools in an attempt to solve the problem. North Carolina and Kentucky have introduced or passed legislation to raise the school dropout age. In Tennessee a bill was recently introduced that would lower a family’s welfare benefits by 30 percent if their children fall behind in school.

There has been no lack of educational theories paradigms and projects over the past 40 years. What has been lacking is consistent and uniform results.

Author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard recognized the consequences of lowered education standards and literacy levels of the individual and society, and in the mid 1960s he intensified his examination of the subject of study and isolated the precise causes for the success or failure of any activity or study.

These discoveries were so fundamental to the field of education that they can remedy the educational crisis schools face today. Applied Scholastics is a secular nonprofit public benefit corporation that makes Mr. Hubbard’s Study Technology broadly available.

Several comparative studies have been conducted on Applied Scholastics programs, documenting substantial and measurable results. Applied Scholastics programs have been studied in a wide variety of contexts, community programs and schools in both urban and rural settings. These and case studies are available on the Applied Scholastics website for educators and others interested in documentation of results of these programs.

Applied Scholastics was founded in 1972. Over the past 40 years it has trained nearly 140,000 educators and has helped more than 39 million individuals with Study Technology.

The Applied Scholastics campus in Spanish Lake, Missouri, was established in 2003 to make possible broad implementation of this technology to government heads of education and schools. The Spanish Lake facility provides many courses available for postgraduate continuing education credits. It also offers a full schedule of courses and workshops on specific aspects of Study Technology. The organization works with hundreds of affiliated schools and educational programs throughout the world.

The brochure Scientology: How We HelpApplied Scholastics, Achieving Literacy and Education is one of a series of publications presented by the Church of Scientology International to meet requests for more information about the Scientology religion and its support of global humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs. For more information, visit the Scientology website at