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208               THE HUMANITY OF WORDS
Field theory of communication provides a method:
(i) For the making of verbal patterns through formators
(2)  For the recognition of verbal patterns through formators
(3)  For the transmitting of verbal patterns through feedforward
(4)  For the exercise of corrective measures through feedback
(5)  For the effective cross organization between the communicator and the relevant environment
(6)  For the use of change to effect desired change in preferred design
45. Field theory applied to reading
The study of communication begins with a reading program, for learning to read not only involves learning to think, but it also establishes criteria by which we may evaluate the quality of our thinking. The students at University College work, first, with editorials; then, with periodical literature; and, finally, with books. The printed page remains unchanged and is, therefore, the stable ally of the student of communication.
As a first step, all students in the class read, analyze, and evaluate the same editorial. There is always that question Will everyone extract the same verbal pattern from the same work? The answer is usually Yesfor competent readers. The students are quick to see that the working-title of an editorial is, as a rule, standard:
Facts re------; evaluation of facts re------;
suggestions for change
The principle of organization is sectional; the purpose of the writer, threefold: to state the facts (and here he will