Objectivity in ReadingA key skill to be developed in college is the ability to read with objectivity, with a critical eye. Facts, interpretation, analysis and commentary are often blended in modern media.
Adler and Van Doren are correct – do not waste time on bad books. Analysis does lead to understanding, but there are some short-cuts when comparing works:
- Look for relevant words and passages
- Look for neutral terminology
- What question is being asked – or answered
- What are the differences or conflicts between authors’ points of view