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I wrote about Quantum Speed Reading (QSR) some time back and mentioned that there was a book that talks about how to learn QSR. If you’re a parent sending your child to a right brain school or doing any right brain home practice at home, you will be interested to hear more about this.
The Background on Quantum Speed Reading
Yumiko Tobitani is a teacher at the Shichida Child Academy in Japan. She discovered Quantum Speed Reading by accident. During one of her classes, she gave the children an exercise to do. They were to flip through a book quickly and slowly thirty times. After a while, the children returned to their seats. All, except one child. Yumiko let the child continue flipping through the books. When the child finally returned to his seat, he said, “That was really fun.”
Yumiko, who was careful never to dismiss what the children say, asked him to elaborate. The child replied, “I mean the pictures came out of the book and I understood everything.” When she repeated the exercise again with the other children with the expectation that something would happen, the other children were soon able to see the pictures, too.
After a while, the children grew bored. To change their focus, Yumiko handed them English books that had no pictures to speed read. The children were not able to read English but they flipped through the books about ten times and said nothing. Just as Yumiko was beginning to think it was a fruitless exercise, one boy said, “Hey, this is interesting!” When Yumiko questioned him, he replied, “Well, it’s about a swordfish.” The book he was holding was “The Old Man and the Sea” by Hemingway. The boy had never heard about the book before and was not familiar with the story. When asked how he was able to read it, he explained, “Even though the book is written in English, when I do the Quantum Speed-Reading, hiragana, katakana, and kanji (Japanese scripts) come out on the right page, and in the middle there is an image so I get all of it.”
Yumiko goes on to explain the other benefits of QSR which leads me to believe that a child who has developed the QSR ability is one that has been able to tap into the full potential of the right brain. It was also interesting to note that Yumiko believes adults, too, can learn QSR, although it takes more time and is usually more difficult for an adult to learn compared to a child.
QSR is a rather controversial topic, so I don’t think I will open that debate here at this point. However, if you want to see what potential you can develop in your child through QSR, the following is the training program outlined in the book:
I will write about each of these exercises in more detail soon.