I previously reported that the New Village Academy, a private school founded by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, was going to use instructional methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. In addition to reading and math, the school will offer classes on yoga, robotics and etiquette.
There have been rumors that the school is going to be run by Scientologists and that the Smiths themselves are Scientologists - they say 'nay.'
There are though, a few instructors who belong to the church of Scientology, but the academy's director, Jacqueline Oliver, adamantly reiterates that the school is not a Scientology facility but a "secular school." And just like all nonreligious independent schools, the "faculty and staff do not promote their own religions at school or pass on the beliefs of their particular faith to children."
Oliver points out that staff members consist of Scientologists, Muslim, Christian or Jewish faiths and their religious beliefs have nothing to do with the school's curriculum.
In my opinion, "The lady doth protest too much."
If the school does have your average secular curriculum (I wish my schools offered yoga, robotics and etiquette classes!), then there should be no need to defend the school or the instructors.
Let the Open House speak for the school rather than feed the media's hype causing more people to believe the opposite.
I agree that an instructor's beliefs does not always speak for their ability to teach, but I do know that my Atheist college instructor would challenge the hell out of people who believed in God. So I guess we'll just have to see what happens after the school opens on September 3rd.
I wish the Smith's and the New Village Academy much success.