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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetWnridgc Herald TIIIHD SECTION Lcthbricljju, Alberta, Wednesday.. August 30, 1972 Pages 3L 42 A UNIQUE SCHOOL Here the children teach themselves lly NANCY 1'JIAIT STAMFORD, Conn. (Nea) Before (Icsifjning tile Early learning Centre here, architect Kgon Ali-Oglu spent three days sitting on a floor to get a thrcc- ycar-old's eye view. So all tlic shelves arc low, k n e e-high to the proverbial grasshopper and Iho windows afford a limitless view. The classrooms in Uns un- orthodox school bear none of the trappings commonly found around little children in school. None of liic standard holiday silhouette cutouts made by the teacher and colored by the child, the cutesy hunny rabbit word books or the huge bins contain ing haphazardly the 'playthings" children could un- invenlively spend their days Play r c f r i c r a tors, play stoves, play dishes, play world. Instead, the core area resem- bles a chaste art gallery color- ed warmly. To the side of the 24-sqiiare-foot core area is a three-part honeycomb of small specialized rooms approach- able by an overhead catwalk or a narrow opening. The older children curl up and read, build or imagine they arc in- visible in the security of the shag-carpeted catwalk. At one end of the core area Is a di- vided section devoted to cooking, music and Hie Nazi fugitive writes memoirs VIENNA (Reutcr) Fugi- (ive Nazi Joseph Mengclc lias wrilteij memoirs claiming his Second World War dcaUi-camp experiments wore guided by rcience and not sadism, says a .Jewish investigator. Vienna-based rN'azi-hiinter Si- jnon Wicsenthal says lUengelc, still a fugitive 27 years after the war, has written a hook about his medical experiments, apparently in an effort to reha- bilitate liimseif. Wiesenthal, who has spenl many years tracking flown Nazi war criminals, claims the 01- year-olcl Mcngcle lives in Para but has always managec to keep several jump.1; ahead o: pursuers. Monocle was responsible for the deaths of thousands ri Jews in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Many died after ex- periments he conducted appar- ently in an attempt to develop a "super senses. Wails arc noncxisl- ent in the main area. Outer walls arc mostly floor- -O-e oiling windows, sliding doors v.'ilh a f I o o r-lo-ceil- ,ng hlack-a n d-whitc abstract painting on one wail. Museum overhead lights send muted [laylijjhl playing over the room. Carpeting hushes footsteps. Healthy large plants (watered children) stand or hang near light. A hot pmk flokati rug covers a gelatinlike water bed. Mrs. Margaret Skulch, a smallish woman with deter- mined brown eyes, began the school seven years back. Her ciciicm was promoted by two things: There was no community preschool for her .son that look- ed like anything more than an extended baby tending ses- sion. Second, she found a Mon- (essori school in another com- munity and decided that Stam- ford should have one. The Montessori movement based on new concepts in learn- ing developed by the Italian educator anti medical doctor, Maria Montessori, in the '20s and '30s has now grown to more than schools, some state supported. The Montessori teacher re- ceives training that stresses re- spect for children and a guid ing rather than managing role as teacher. Mrs. Skutch received this training, combined her own intl the spirit of Mimtcssori to jegin the Early Cen- (A church basement housed he school for Ihe first two 'cars. Bui a grant from Educational Facilities Labora- orics, an offshoot of the Ford foundation, provided the then Stamford Montessori School vith its present inexpensive, flexible Fees for children attending .he centre range from per ,rcar for prc-primary (2'A to 5 rears) to for primary (o to The summer session is for-both groups. The orderly, unchaotic envir- onment reflects what Margaret Skutch is like. "Chaos doesn't have to accompany said Mrs. Skutch. Mrs. Skutch and her teachers order the environment and slock it with learning mate- rials that invite independent use and- mastery. Montessori materials, British learning equipment, elecfric typewriters, tools, adding machines all, with minimal explanation, can be used by two-year-olds. Many materials, such as the Montessori sandpaper letters, are inultisensory. A child car feel as well as see the shape. Or the cutout letters. Tangible learning. Teachers often invent their own materials. Children write their own stories. They hake real cakes, real cookies, even lorraine. Young children succeed when the opportunity to have alternatives, said Mrs. Skuicli. They choose their activity. From reading to climbing to cooking, They decide whether to ex- plore inside or out. They take juice and crack- ers when they need it, which is quite an independent act for a three-year-old. These choices, made within the rule framework of not harming oneself, the environ- ment, or another child, produce what Margaret Skutch calls "quiet confidence." The teachers, as observers, take daily notes. Notes and daily discussions ah out the circn allow for a picture of how each child is changing. The teacher might not insist on, an activity when it appears a child may benefit from it. Mrs. Skutch has written a book on preschoots, "To Start a School" (Little, Brown and She also is a con- sultant for the Far West Lab for Educational Research and Development in Berkeley, Calif., training people to work with children in their own com- munities, rather than call in some highly trained hot-shot educators to do their job. Mrs. Skutch feels that Early Learning centre children leave the school with great self-con- fidence. "They she said, "comfortable with themselves. {Newspaper Knlerprisc Assn.) A PUPIL-at the Early learning Center Jn Stamford, Conn., cxploces the jia of stoking ana float IDS For 20 years, snake trainer led more than charmed life KUALA LUMPUR. Malaysia (AT) The snake-charming business is on the rocks. K. N. S. Pillai used to have his own chauffeured car, big house and telephone. He would accept appointments only if in- formed weeks in advance. He had three full-time and four part-time assistants to help out during weekends. That was all more than 20 years ago. Today he is a gray-haired man of B3, who earns hardly 50 cents a day with a cobra. He has moved from (he lime- light to a spot near a gutter in dusty corner of the main street n Kuala Lumpur. People now are not interested. Movies, television, radio, night- clubs and other entertainment have pulled the bottom out of the business. "The money we get today ts not for the he says. "It is as though we arc beggars. It is given out of pity." Pillai has been a snake charmer for 70 years, afler learning the art from his father. He looks with contempt on charmers who use defanged or non-poisonous snakes. Pillai tapped his basket ami said, "K'ow it is only the two of us. Myself and Desdomonas Desdomonas Is a cobra which docs a good belly dance and variation of the Scottish high- land fling. Looking at Desdomonas, sleeping after a lunch of two fi'ogs, Pillai sighed, shook his head and said there was a lima he could afford to feed his snakes on choice chicken. 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