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        The term "speed reading" apparently holds a lot of negative
connotations.  While there are some speed reading courses that emphasize
speed, speed, and more speed, I think it would be more helpful to think of
speed reading NOT as learning to read "fast" but rather as learning to
read "faster".
        Most students who want to learn speed reading tell me that they
want to read faster without losing comprehension.  So if we can teach a
student who currently reads 100 wpm to read at 180 wpm (and still maintain
comprehension) - then great! - the student will be happy even if they will
still be considered a "slow" reader by other standards.  The goal should
be to help students develop reading techniques that enhance speed at
individual levels - not setting a goal like "everyone should be able to
read 450 wpm by the time this course is over."
        I feel that DS students would benefit from speed reading
techniques as much as the next student - provided the concepts of
individual goals and "faster", not "fast", are kept in mind.

Andy Freeman
Learning Specialist
University Learning Center
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota