Every individual must be well equipped to deal logically with the enormous mass of information overflowing from media: both printed and none printed. His decision making process should be rational and logical. He should be able to judge and figure out whether the information presented to him is original or fabricated and faked to serve somebody else’s interests. Thus, we see that one of the most tormenting problems faced by the instructors of present era is to develop critical reading skills in the readers of today (McRaith).
Critical reading involves a very broad definition. It involves understand the idea the author of the text is trying to infer to, Owens links critical reading to structural analysis (Bosley). Critical reading requires the reader to evaluate at regular intervals as to what he is reading. It involves reading text not just for the sake of it, but rather in a much practical sense. This means that the readers should be able to relate the text with the practical aspects of their own lives and to the happenings in the surroundings (Fulginiti). The readers should be able to read between the lines. The author at times might get a little sarcastic in the text, or might make use of some similes and metaphors. The readers should be able to understand the meaning underlying their figures of speech. Amy Class suggests that it is important for the readers to use their own intellect and logic to form opinion about whether they agree or disagree with the text presented to them (Bosley). This should be preceded by a thorough evaluation of the author’s text from all dimensions.
It is a common saying that leaders are readers (Charles J. Gadway). They critically read and eventually evaluate the information to grasp the relevant and leave out the irrelevant things. The importance of critical reading in business is very critical. In businesses, a lot of deals are involved which can change the course of