The exercise of reading and thinking
is an extremely mental-visual psychological process,
difficult to learn,
impossible to a degree of efficiency
without continued conscientious effort,
but capable of improvement
throughout one’s lifetime.
Reading is thinking,
it is a search,
it is a challenge;
and when done successfully,
it is an adventure which involves two persons–
the reader and the author.
The reader must carry on a silent conversation with the author,
asking what is being said,
and approving or disapproving
of the manner in which the material is presented.
Reading is never passive acceptance.
It is an energy-absorbing activity,
requiring movement of the mind,
and sometimes heart,
out to meet the mind of the author
and to grasp the meaning of another’s thoughts.
“It is,” says A.B. Herr, “a two-way process;
the reader must give in order to receive.“
~ William H. Armstrong in
Study Is Hard Work
I can’t say enough wonderful things about this little book. My niece and I are working our way through the book together. It takes me a while to read it, because I stop so often to copy quotes into my commonplace book.
It was dear Janie, who turned me on to Study Is Hard Work. I think of Janie in her classroom now and would sooooo love to observe the learning process with such a master teacher at the helm. Thanks, friend. Even though your blogging voice is quiet, the gifts you’ve given in the past keep paying dividends.