It's been over 50 years since Evelyn Wood made her famous discovery that speed
reading can be taught. Yet it is still a rarity to encounter anyone who can
speed read well.
In the interest of making speed reading a commonly-learned skill, we have
made the following observations:
1) The speed reading industry is focusing its energies on selling and
teaching speed reading courses to adults. This is because they are businesses,
and they need to make money. The adults have it and the kids don't.
2) However, those who master the skill the best are the children. So
speed reading will never become a commonplace skill until we start teaching
large numbers of children to speed read before they are 10 or 12 years old.
3) We will never have large numbers of kids learning to speed read
until we come up with a way to get large numbers of qualified adults who can
teach these large numbers of children mentioned above.
Speed Reading 4 Kids finally enables any adult, including those without the
speed reading skill, to become a qualified, successful teacher of speed reading
to any normal child who can read at third grade level (or better). Speed Reading
4 Kids is the missing key that we need to make speed reading a commonly learned
skill for every child in America, (or even the world).
The American Speed Reading Project was formed to pursue the following goals:
1.Make speed reading a common skill--as common as literacy itself, or
the ability to add and subtract.
2. Make the learning of speed reading available to everybody, but
especially to children between the ages of 8 and 14, who are able to:
a) Learn the skill very quickly and easily. They often learn it well
in only a month or less.
b) Master the skill at an early enough age to enhance their chances of
doing well in high school and succeeding in college.
3. When paid, in-class courses are necessary, to make them much
more affordable than many (maybe all) of the speed reading courses currently
4. Be a resource to aid local schools and teachers in
implementing speed reading into their schools as a supplemental resource or as
an extracurricular activity.
5.To train as many people as possible in the art of how to
teach speed reading to children. If speed reading teachers were as common as
school teachers or parents, then every child could easily become a speed reader.
6.To disseminate newly acquired information on how to
teach speed reading, so that it becomes easily available to anyone who wants to
obtain it. This way, the quality of the methods used to teach speed reading will
continually improve over time.
If you want to help make speed reading commonplace, or If you want
to share ideas or success stories on how to teach speed reading, or related
c/o The American Speed Reading
PO Box 1854
Point Roberts, WA 98281