A Secret About the Reading-Code
Can Reading More – Help You Live Up to 10 Years Longer? *
Can Reading More - Help You Reduce The Risk of Alz Up To 60%? *
The average college graduate in the U.S. reads one (1) book a year reluctantly.
He/she hates reading, learning, and education. Here’s why:
America’s educated class reads text like a snail crossing the highway –
s-l-o-w-l-y. We’re talking about lawyers, CPAs, physicians, and other
They read complex text (not sexy novels) as low as 100 words per minutes, to a maximum of 200 wpm. That does not mean anything to you; so visualize a 200-page biography, business or law book. It takes them six-hours to complete and sort of understand their book.
For high school, college and graduate-school students – they mentally weigh spending six-hours decoding a book - to enjoying four full-length (90-minute) movies that have a plot and maybe make you laugh. Reading is too slow a method of communication – for them – thus Instant Messaging and more Videos.
Some linguistic professors (San Francisco) believe reading and writing in English
(not abbreviating) will cease-and-desist by 2015 A.D. Six years away?
The Attention-Span of a zoo-living chimp is about sixty-seconds, but they are monkeys. High school kids have a limited Attention-Span of up to 10 minutes.
Wait! A 2nd grade student has a reading speed of 44 words per minute, with an
attention-span of up to 5-6 minutes.
College Graduates and professionals get distracted and bored, and lose their
Attention-Span and comprehension in 19-20 minutes. Google verifies it.
Did you know that 60% of elementary schools do not seriously teach orthography
(spelling), and have almost eliminated teaching cursory handwriting. They are
thrilled kids learn to print the alphabet because their norm is Word Processing.
What about correct spelling when typing? Getoutterhere! Those who can spell well,
write in cursory, and comprehend complex sentences. These geniuses inhabit the top
10-15% and are often promoted to Chairmen of the department.
Reading as a mass skill used by the general population is relatively new. How new?
Five hundred years ago in Elizabethan England. Free Public School Education
in New York City started in 1853. Human Speech for the communication of ideas is
about 10-15,000 years old. Again reading, only 500 years. Books are still a novelty.
Bill Shakespeare received a free public education for about seven years (age 7 to 14)
because his father held a political office. He was taught to read-and-write in English
do arithmetic, learn his Catechism, and speak in Latin.
It was uncommon to send kids to school, and reading and writing was limited to the
progeny of aristocrats and wealthy tradesmen.
If caught in school speaking English and not Latin, the punishment was up to
50 strokes of the cane. Oh yeah, the walls of the schools diagrammed the English
alphabet in lower and capital letters. It contained 24 letters, not our 26.
In Bill’s time - 1554 to 1616 (died at age 52) the English alphabet made U and V the
same letter, as were I and J. Spelling was still unsettled and often word-spellings
changed within paragraphs on the same page.
The Language – English
Many folks know English is the Lingua Franca of the 21st century – the second language in Asia, Africa et al. Do you know that English is a Germanic language?
The U.K. adapted English from the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes – Germanic tribes who migrated to Britain in 449 A.D. They were originally invited to settle in Britain, but liked what they saw and linked up with the British enemies.
French was introduced into the English language after 1066 A.D. by William
The Conqueror. The French (Norman Conquest) incursion dragged along basic Latin and Greek words. The verbs and small connecting words are Anglo-Saxon, while up to 40% of English etymology (derivation, history) remains Latin/Greek based.
New Scientific Research Inquiring Minds Need to Know
When we read we use our Primary Visual Cortex (obviously), and not so obviously,
our Primary Auditory Cortex.
Get this: to comprehend NEW vocabulary we learn to ASSOCIATE a visual stimulus (alphabet or phonemes) with its partner using our Auditory stimulus. We break the code from letters to sound. The visual method was the standard.
At Grenoble Universite de Savoie, Professor E. Gentaz and her team made a
breakthrough discovery. Published 3.25.09 by the PloS journal. The addition
of our Haptic (tactile, kinesthethic) sense the third stimulus of touch, plays a cementing role between seeing and hearing in reading.
If you consciously use a new strategy when you read text, underlining the
sentences with a Pen, Laser Pacer, and on the Internet the Cursor of your Mouse, you can 2x (double) your reading speed with the same comprehension or better.
You vastly improve your learning skills, together with long-term memory.
Add to this, you improve your Attention Span and avoid multiple (5-7 per page)
regressions because of loss of concentration. You stop Snailing and begin reading.
This Multi-Sensory method is not just for kids in school, but enhances corporate career knowledge and creativity. Students improve their test scores up to 30%, and
dramatically raise their class grades.
College and graduate school students overcome Information Overload, and can reduce their Drop-Out rate up to 50%.
There are three major elements to successful reading: one: Phonemic ability – converting letters-to-sounds. Two: Orthography (spelling correctly). Three:
RN (Rapid Naming Ability) speed of comprehension and words-per-minute.
The new Tactile Effect creates a Bonding of sight, hearing and touch, and
creates speed learners. Is this important?
Question: If you can read and remember three (3) books, articles and reports
in the time your competitors (peers) can hardly finish one, are you ahead of
the learning and promotion curve? Contact us and ask us how – now.
* Google David O. Snowdon, University of Kentucky – The Nuns Study on
* Google Dr. Yaacov Stern, Columbia University of Physicians and Surgeons – on reducing the risk of Alz up to 60%.
copyright © 2009 H. Bernard Wechsler