Message from discussion Isaac Hayes, Scn's Ambassador for Literacy, II
From: kes...@cyberpass.net (keshet)
Subject: Isaac Hayes, Scn's Ambassador for Literacy, II
Isaac Hayes, Scientology's Ambassador for Literacy:
Further musings on the efficacy of Study Tech
A few weeks ago, I posted about problems with Isaac Hayes' web site
that point to a fundamental failing of the Study Tech and that
*should* be embarrassing for someone who represents a Literacy
program. I just revisited the site and the problems remain. Eh, so I
am not "at cause" over Isaac Hayes...but looking on the bright side,
the errors and deformed syntax still serve the purpose of underscoring
the ineffectiveness of Study Tech. Thanks, Isaac, for your unwitting
support of the critics' cause.
Here's another of the problems:
The Isaac Hayes web site is at http://www.isaachayes.com/.
Quoting from the Ghana and Literacy Crusade page at
"When Mr. Hayes returned to the US, he was made the
International spokesperson of the World Literacy
Crusade. He immediately started making plans to improve
literacy in Ghana."
In light of what follows in the paragraph, I would advise that
charity should begin at home.
"Members of his delegation include Alfreddi Johnson,
founder of the World Literacy Crusade, who has delivered
the Study Technology to several US inner cities as well as
Ms. Anne Roberts who introduced the Study Tech to schools
in Zimbabwe where over 17,000 are taught by teachers using
the Study Technology."
Oh boy, this HAD to have been written by a student of LRH. It has
all the earmarks of his tortuous style.
First, it's Alfreddi*e* Johnson. Major points off for misspelling the
name of the World LITERACY Crusade founder.
Second, this is an excellent example of how Study Tech fails. I have
no M/Us (misunderstood words) in this sentence and yet I feel "blank"
and "tired", like I'm "not there".
a. In spite of what it says, I don't believe Rev. Johnson delivered
the Tech to "inner cities as well as Ms. Anne Roberts". Using a
little common sense, it's apparent that the delegation included
Rev. Johnson "as well as Ms. Anne Roberts". This sentence is
definitely in need of rephrasing.
b. I also don't believe that Rev. Johnson drove a delivery truck
to inner cities and unloaded books on the street. I assume
he "delivered" (employed) Study Tech to [teach] inner city
c. Are 17,000 [students] taught per class/semester/year? Or is the
actual meaning that 17,000 [students] have been taught to date?
Literacy includes good grammar and clear writing style--IOW, some
basic communication skills. Aren't Scientologists supposed to be
good at this? Communication, afterall, is one of the points of the
ARC triangle--the most important one, in fact. Specialized vocabulary,
redefined words and odd phrasing do not further communication, they
impede it. It is just plain wierd that any group so hungry for converts
works so relentlessly to wall themselves off from their targets.
Well, as before, I leave it as an exercise for the reader to
discover the rest of the grammatical problems on Mr. Hayes' site.
Kes...@cyberpass.net * http://thingy.apana.org.au/~fun/scn/racism/
Where prejudice exists it always discolors our thoughts. Mark Twain