The primary failure of Hubbard's "Study Tech" is that people, especially children, do not end up thinking for themselves. The analysis of Study Tech shows that the "source material" is assumed to be 100% correct, 100% understandable and 100% applicable -- no matter what the student finds.
There is no mechanism for finding the source material to be incorrect or just plain false. This is not a minor flaw, this is absolutely key. However, the flaw was quite intentional.
Therefore, while the Study Tech is a perfect tool for indoctrination and control, it is fatally flawed for teaching people how to evaluate for truth, analyze for logic or think for themselves. The product of Hubbard's Study Tech is obedient slaves. Scientologists do not think, they "think like Ron".
The fact that Study Tech also uses common study aids such as looking up words does not mitigate its fundamental intention as a way to indoctrinate and control.
I agree! I have no argument with respect to the study tech itself or how its used, my problem is where it falls short. The natural tendency is to say prove it or show evidence. The brilliance of the indoctrination is when it is turned around to the student to "give an example when you observed this to be true". Now those little neurons are firing!!! If the student finds an example the agreement with the datum is in place. When the student gives such an example they can "prove" the datum with no examination of the facts or reality. So now that the students trusts their own observations it must be true. So not only did the student glide past any scientific method of examining, testing or proving workability they built up a pseudo-intelligence whereupon their own observations confirm. The student feels super bright and shiny because they can define all the words and model the concept in clay to a rigorous PASS!!! Hip-hip fuck. Not only are we applying flawed concepts but manipulaing the past to support flawed logic.