China Gov Shuts Down Quantum Speed Reading Classes

Story By: John FengSub-Editor:  Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report 

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Five of the ‘quantum speed reading’ centres in China which claim to teach children how to read 100,000 words in five minutes have been shut down for operating without a licence.

China’s Ministry of Education confirmed yesterday (Friday) that five of the centres were forced to close as they were working without the correct authorisation and business licences.

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The Ministry reportedly told local governments to investigate reading centres’ for potential false advertising and to take away business licences for those found to have misled the public.

Footage showing pupils flipping through books at a ‘quantum speed reading’ class recently went viral with over 10 million views.

The centres reportedly charge desperate parents a sum of up to 50,000 RMB (5,500 GBP), saying the speed reading lessons are based on a technique developed by Japanese teacher Yumiko Tobitani whose 2006 work Quantum Speed Reading: Awakening Your Child’s Mind is available online through platforms such as Amazon.

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Adverts in China claim the technique uses the student’s higher sense perception (HSP), allowing them to visualise dynamic images.

In videos still live on YouTube, Tobitani explains: “When you flip the pages of the book, images start to appear that help you understand its contents.

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“Another wonderful thing is that even if the text is written in French, German or English, it would be translated to your own language, and connects to images so that you can understand the book immediately.”

Scientist Pan Jianwei known in China as the “Father of Quantum”, recently said that the “false products” now available on the market show “the public still knows very little about quantum science”.

The names and locations of the closed reading centres remains unclear.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.