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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - June 9, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseThe making a Oligy by Matthew Kenny up staff writer .,d1th Stern Learned to read at two i and began playing chess at three. 1 skinned High school and this sums we ale of 15, will graduate urn laude from Florida Atlantic urn Hersity with a Bachelor of science de is a Genius with an . Rating of 201,Dith s remarkable intellectual achieve ends have brought National attention r Many graduation in August she moves n to Michigan state University to work her doctorate degree in Mathe antics which she expects to obtain by times heists. This extraordinary educational feat is train to bring new acclaim to Heark haired Brown eyed girl. But an m testing Point about Edith Stern is not merely that she is a Genius but rather Low she became a although she was obviously Bornite exceptional intellectual Cap Abili is Edith s father Aaron Stern say was he who folded her mind to a neuter like perfection. A jewish scholar who survived a nazi concentration Camp in Poland Stern mapped out a rigorous intellectual train ing program for Edith soon after she was born in new York City. He said his program was based on the principle that learning is controlled by four things discipline Diligence motivation and Speed. He said it an interview in Miami that he subjected his daughter to a continuous concentration of facts and figures always pushing her knowledge far beyond her years. He turned the girl into walking storehouse of knowledge. Her agile and Brilliant mind absorbed the torrent of information like a sponge pulls in water. Has up says an . Rating of 201. U5f soaked info my brain a utting aside dolls Edith was Able to master Reading at the age of played chess and solved simple arithmetic problems at three. She could multiply at the age of four and she a doing algebra at eight she had lapped up Freud s writings on psychoanalysis and Darwin theory of evolution Stern said. She had also Learned the works of Plato and other ancient philosophers by that Learned it through osmosis Edith jokingly explained. I heard it so much it just soaked into my meanwhile the family shuttled backhand Forth Between new York Indiana Illinois and Florida with Stern teaching in various was while she was studying about Darwin the father recalled that Edith startled him by suddenly asking sir How can one reconcile the theory of Darwin with the religious concept of Man she was Only six Yea sold at the time Stern said and he was unable to give a satisfactory answer then nor has he to this said he decided on his rigid educational program for Edith because he was dissatisfied with methods used in Public schools. In embarking on the intensified program he disregarded warnings that he might cause his daughter emotional harm by sacrificing Fco much of the nor Mal growing up processes of childhood. What i did was to eliminate the trivia which surrounds Normal teaching methods Stern the father s intention of applying the same Type of educational instruction to Edith s younger brother David was blocked by Stern s wife Bella. She insisted on allowing the boy now seven to get his education in pub Lic schools and not under Stern s super her intelligence Edith has a number of Normal teen age likes Tele vision books and most music though she especially prefers classic. She enjoys playing the violin Bowling an bicycling. Until recently however unlike most teen agers she has been Al most totally indifferent to her manner of dress. Her father describes Edith As a girl with Little or no she does not cry he said. She has no emotion and no remorse. She has a cold calculating mind. She takes not i ing for granted and she does not accept things As truisms.", As she was growing up Edith said she found children of her own age and even older childish and immature the University has served As a kind of social liberation for her. She has Sev up by the time she was 3, Edith was playing chess doing arithmetic problems. Eval close school chums who accept Heras a non oddity. While in elementary school by con Trast she said she Felt that people could t get along with was Friendly with some people but i was not interested in the things the were. My interests were totally differ Ohe leapfrogged High school and was accepted by dad Junior col lege in Miami. At 12 she was the Young est girl to enter on a full time basis. Eighteen months later she was graduated at the top of her class. From Junior College she went to Honda Atlantic University in Boca Raton flu. She will apparently be the youngest girl to graduate from that school at Michigan state Edith will find com petition from another Genius who in even younger. He is Michael Grost now 14,who has been studying advanced Mathe Matics for two . John g. Hocking director of graduate mathematics at Michigan stat who approved the admission of both Edith and Michael said Edith certainly should t feel out of place while studying Edith also will serve As a graduate assistant and will conduct two sessions in mathematics each week for other students. June 9 1968 the stars and stripes at Michigan state Edith will find Fel Low math Genius Mike Grost now 14 Page 15

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