The world came together yesterday following Donald Trump’s assertion in yesterday’s Time article, “Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you‘re not. You know”.In a written statement, the world responded, “We’re rational human beings who got all the love and attention we need from our mothers growing-up, love our fellow man, love and want to protect the planet, don’t think it’s right to grab a woman by the p*ssy, have no friends going by the name of Vladimir, have normal sized hands, support universal healthcare, think Kellyanne Conway is an anorexic freak, get our news from sources other than Fox and Breitbart, can spell and use grammatically correct sentences when we tweet, pay our contractors, sleep in a bedroom with a gold content of less than 90%, have an ethnically diverse group of friends, know that you didn’t inherit a mess, have an approval rating greater than 38%…AND YOU’RE NOT.”
As the father of young children, I listen to my children read amazingly well, but are they really comprehending? That’s take a step back. Comprehension is the understanding and interpretation of what is read. To be able to accurately understand written material, children need to be able to (1) decode what they read; (2) make connections between what they read and what they already know; and (3) think deeply about what they have read.Now let’s look at the recent Tweets coming from the Trump family, particularly Donald Trump Jr’s disgraceful tweet following the terror attack in London yesterday.Donald Trump Jr. failed to comprehend a Sept. 22 story from Britain’s Independent newspaper and directed his ignorance in a tweet aimed at London’s first Muslim Major, Sadiq Khan. Khan dismissed the quote, saying, “I’m not going to respond to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr, I’ve been doing more important things over the past 24h”There’s a message there for our media. We’ve got more important things to do than respond to the comments of those who fail to comprehend, even at the most basic, elementary level.