I wish I could have read Adler, “How to Read a Book” during my time when I started the seminar. The reason I say that is because as I was reading the book, I realized how it could have saved me more time and enjoy my reading better if I would have known about the strategies that Adler is suggesting.
Adler deconstructed the way I will continue to read books for now on. In my library/garage, I have over 300 publications, and a few months ago, I got rid of around 400 more. I can honestly say that I did read some books, but the majority of them I didn’t because my motivation to read changed.
As much as I appreciate reading good books, I have also discovered that I learn more by watching a small video clip, searching google, watching a series of history and discovery channel. You know how they say that we have different ways we learn things.
The expert noted that some are Visual, others are Auditory, and Kinesthetic. I am more visual and auditory type. 80% of what I learn is visible and by listening to the radio, and other speakers. I am not sure how much attention is giving to those facts, but I think it could help a lot in the academic performers.
I have yet to see a professor requesting us to write about what we learned from a movie like the Joker. 🙂 Nevertheless, we have to force our self to read and remember as much as we can. It is just the norm, and it will take a long time before it changes. However, the point is how to read with intelligent. In other words, we should be absorbing the value of the book with efficiency.
“To read this book, intelligently—which is what this book aims to help its readers do with all books—such distinctions must be grasped.” pg 4
In the seminar, I was thought to approach the reading with the idea in mind of questioning the book and finding out what is the book about as a whole, to find what the author is saying, the thesis or main idea, etc.
I was not so much into the idea of inspectional reading, skimming the book, and outstroke the main ideas and read in limited time, but that is a great idea and better approach.
I did know about the reading the table of contents, index, and critical summaries of significant chapters. I advised my son on some of the vital points that Adler is suggesting. I will be honest. I don’t read with an analytical reading in mind, and I think that explains why I don’t gain the best understanding of the book.
I usually agreed with everything the author said, but I now know that I should develop a personal opinion about its validity. I am familiar with the Symbolical reading as it was commonly practiced in the seminar, but even that wasn’t enjoyable trying to find comment grand with the authors from one another.
“It the reader understands a book, then how can he disagree with it? Critical reading demands that he make up his own mind. But his mind and the author’s have become as one through his success in understanding the book. What mind has he left to make up independently?” pg 120
One other thing to consider reading with critical thinking in mind is that it creates space to learn more about the subject. “Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.” by Michael Scriven & Richard Paul.
Critical thinking, when reading a book it encouraged to have the freedom to be a critic of the authors and decide what’s true, and I should do.