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In Praise of Slow Reading


by Thomas Newkirk — November 22, 2010

This commentary argues against the high valuation schools place on reading speed, particularly on high sakes tests like the SAT. In penalizing slower readers, these and other tests put at a disadvantage students who approach their reading in a deliberate and thorough way. The ideal should not be speed but the tiempo guisto, the pace at which we are most attentive and effective—and this pace will vary depending on the individual and the task.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 22, 2010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16238, Date Accessed: 11/27/2014 5:23:14 AM

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  • Thomas Newkirk
    University of New Hampshire
    THOMAS NEWKIRK teaches at the University of New Hampshire, where he directed the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes. His most recent book is Holding on to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones: Six Literacy Principles Worth Fighting For (Heinemann, 2008). He is currently working on a book on slow reading.
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