Scientology link at Montessori school alarms parents
Some parents are upset with a study method introduced by a Montessori school in northwest Toronto, which they say has its roots in the Church of Scientology.
Parents said the owner of the Bambolino Montessori Academy, a private school, told parents last week that it was introducing a new learning method called applied scholastics.
Janice Blundon said parents like her weren’t given a choice when the dean at her son’s school told them they’d be implementing the study technique.
“I let him know I wasn’t familiar with that, and [asked] who was teaching that, and what was it based on. He said it was based on L. Ron Hubbard,” she said.
When Blundon found out Hubbard was the founder of the Church of Scientology, she pulled her son out of the school.
“If the sign says Montessori, parents [are] expecting Montessori, then they should be provided a Montessori education. And if they’re not, that’s fine, but they should be made aware of the situation,” said Blundon.
Applied scholastics is also known as study technology.
Critics say it suppresses freedom of thought, a charge the head of Applied Scholastics Canada calls ridiculous.
According to the story, both Julia Simon, the owner and principal of Bambolino, and the school’s new dean are Scientologists.
L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, was a consistent liar who parlayed his science fiction fantasies into a commercial enterprise eventually marketed as a ‘religion.’
The Church of Scientology uses a number of front groups in its efforts to spread Hubbard’s ideas — targeting schools and children through such programs as Narconon and Applied Scholastics, as well as leeching on to issues such human rights