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Letter to the editor

February 16, 2012

 

C. Smiley Reeves, Instructor
Department of Kinesiology

 

As I read the Insight article written by Justin Fort in the Tech Talk dated Feb. 9, 2012, I was impressed by his comments. I was impressed that Mr. Fort seems to have already achieved the Self-Actualization that takes most people a lifetime of experience to achieve.

 

His article covered most of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Physiological needs such as his need to exercise, eat and sleep. His need for love and belonging by visiting with family. Maslow’s theory concluded that successful people such as Abraham Lincoln, Henry David Thoreau, Albert Einstein and others had achieved self-actualization; he thought they had reached their human potential.

 

Self-actualized people see the world as it is and not as they demand it to be. They are realistic, accepting and other-directed. Mr. Fort’s statement that he “has other things he likes to do that are hindered by class” and that “teachers get paid to waste their time” are far from an adult identity that enhances self-esteem, communication and autonomy.

 

A teacher’s main objective is to deliver information in a manner that appeals to a variety of learning styles and to offer assistance in that effort to individuals who choose to learn. Mr. Fort has apparently reached a point in his education where he no longer needs the educational process available to him at La. Tech. To that I say, “Bravo, Mr. Fort.”

 

You are now ready for the world or law school. As you go through life I hope you will gain the insight needed to treat others with respect, love and understanding so that you can reach your full human potential.

 

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