The extensive article about the progress and accomplishments of Cole Smith of Oakland (“Mainer named one of world’s brightest students,” Jan. 12) was most inspiring.

One topic seemed to be missing from the many activities in which he is involved.

While Smith is surely ordained to achieve organizational or intellectual leadership in his mature years, he should have begun by the eighth grade to learn how the world in which he lives came into being so that he can eventually come to know himself well.

His education seems to be absent of storybook reading. He should be consuming the classics of adolescent reading in the English language, and he should have started by now on a foreign language, especially Latin.

These additions would fill up the educational space he consumes so quickly while putting down a base on which he might one day place the world’s great literature.

Charles G. Beaudette

South Bristol