LAUSD Reviews Scientology's Narconon School Program


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LAUSD Reviews Narconon School Program
By MARIO VILLEGAS, The Independent Staff 07.JUL.04

Los Angeles school district officials are reviewing a controversial anti-drug program created by the founder of the Church of Scientology and its teaching of what critics are calling "pseudo science."

The Narconon Drug Prevention and Education is being scrutinized as part of a growing statewide concern with a program that reaches thousands of students in at least 20 California districts and has provided lectures in schools across the country for two decades.

Narconon officials last week defended the program's effectiveness and its independence from Scientology, even as State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell asked a research group known for its rigorous reviews of health curriculum to spend three months evaluating Narconon.

Earlier, O'Connell ordered the state Department of Education to investigate Narconon.

In Los Angeles, among the leading critics of the program is Maria Reza, the district's assistant superintendent of student health and human services, who recently issued a memo to all schools stating, "The information that is delivered in [Narconon's] presentations is not based on science, and there have been serious questions raised about the accuracy of this information."

According to the memo, one-time lectures like the kind Narconon provides, "are not effective."

Reza advocates that schools instead should use one of four other anti-drug programs.

School board member David Tokofsky is also among the critics who say they would like to see more physiology and science in the schools and less teaching or pseudo science.

"The district should use this crack in our curricular standards to do not only a cleansing of the Narconon program, but a cleansing of what the hell is going on in health classes that still leaves us with pregnant kids, drugs galore and obese children -- no matter how much we preach about the hazards of each," Tokofsky told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Critics argue that Narconon's anti-drug teaching are closely based on similar beliefs of the Church of Scientology, which like Narconon was created by author L. Ron Hubbard.

Numerous doctors have been quoted in news reports saying they know of no evidence to support Narconon's anti-drug claims.

"Children and teenagers respond more to the facts of science than the preaching," said Tokofsky in an interview.

"You show them a brain that has been hurt; they will understand. You show them a lung from a cigarette smoker that has been destroyed; they will understand it. But if you just tell them 'No! No! No! No! No!, the natural behavior of an American adolescent is to do the opposite. So I think we have to teach them the science part of it."

Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, noted that Narconon network has been furnishing drug education for more than 30 years and that it has educated more than 1 million students in facts about drugs.

"We're all on the same side," he said. "It's really about continuing to help children. We're saving lives through effective drug prevention."


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