The San Francisco Chronicle has an expose piece on Scientology-based Narconon program slithering back into California schools.
Despite the state’s warning in 2005, dozens of California public schools have welcomed Narconon into their classrooms.
“Students now have a broad understanding of drug addiction, its consequences, and the path they would need to take if they had to go to rehabilitation,” one teacher from Irvington High in Fremont wrote in a thank-you letter to Narconon on May 2, 2012.
The teacher declined to talk about Narconon.
At Santa Rosa High, a teacher wrote Narconon in 2011 that the lecture to her Life Skills class was “poignant and powerful … awe inspiring.”
Are these teachers Scientologists? I’d not be surprised. Maybe they are just not up on the background of Narconon.
The church says the program is secular but it bears much resemblance to church teachings.
Narconon is based on concepts developed by L. Ron Hubbard, the late science-fiction writer who created the Church of Scientology and Dianetics in the 1950s. The religion opposes drugs and alcohol, which practitioners believe interfere with achieving a state of mental purity that Scientology calls “Clear.”
Hubbard was not a scientist, nor are his ideas scientific or credible. There are many inaccuracies that had been pointed out in the Narconon program such as Hubbard’s idea that drugs reside in body fat that leak out and cause people to feel high all over again, even years later. So the process uses saunas to sweat out the drugs and remove them supposedly decreasing risk for a relapse. Then large doses of vitamins and minerals are used. Hubbard has other unreferenced claims that were made part of the Narconon. The detox method used can be dangerous. Several lawsuits have been brought against the program facilities.
Therefore, not only is this a religious-related program, it is completely unscientific and without reliable supporting evidence that it works and it may kill you. I’m not saying that there aren’t plenty of other bogus programs regarding drugs and other life issues presented in schools that are useless but this is a concerted effort to infiltrate schools with these claims. Is this something that should be allowed in schools? No. Check out the entire article for the long history.