Teaching by L. Ron Hubbard
A person wishing to teach a subject with the maximum efficiency should:
1 – Present it in its most interesting form.
- Show its general use in life.
- Show the student its particular use in life.
2 – Present it in its simplest form (but not necessarily the most basic).
- Adapt its terms to the student’s understanding.
- Use more complex terms than the student’s understanding increases.
3 – Teach it with the minimum of ascending (prestige).
- Not to give importance simply because we know the subject.
- Do not diminish the value of the pupil or his prestige because he does not know the subject.
- Insist that the only thing that matters is the ability of the individual to use the subject and, for the instructor, only derive prestige from his own ability to use the subject and not because of an artificial caste system.
4 – Present each stage of the subject in its most basic form, the instructor deduct only a minimum of things.
- Insist only on a precise knowledge of axioms and theories.
- Induce the pupil to use his mental faculties to deduce and establish himself all that can be inferred or established by using axioms or theories.
- Put into practice what has been inferred in the form of actions insofar as the facilities of the class allow it, thus coordinating information and reality.
5 – Emphasize data values
- Inculcate the need to individually assess the relative importance of axioms and theories, in relation to each other, and to question the validity of each axiom or theory.
- Insist on the need to evaluate each data individually in relation to other information.