THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1967
Su..IHGA AIYWENSAY EBURY1a 9'
The Children's Copimunity is an experimental school in Ann
Arbor in its second year of operation. The school is based on a philo-
sophy of freedom for children, Kids are allowed to make their own
decisions about what they will and won't do in the school, for only
in this way can the curisoity and spontanaity that are each childs
be-maintained so that growth can be a natural process,
The school's central technique for teaching is to relate subjects
to real experiences and real desires. For example, reading is taught
by allowing kids who bring their words to the teachers who then put
them on vacabulary cards for the kids. In this way reading is seen
as important, vital and necessary.
The Children's Community meets currently in the basement of
the Friends' Center five mornings a week.
Kids 4-7 years old attend the school, anl there are plans to
expand to another grade next year.
"The crucial lack of our society is not opportunity but intimacy."
"It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of
instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of
inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation,
stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack
an ruin without fail." -Albert Einstein
"The Defense Deparrwcnt is the sinzle largest
educational complex tha th_ world has ever
possessed." - Rob; rt M>c:r va.