First, Donald Trump turned the “Presidential Daily Briefing” into a weekly one. Speaking to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday last December, The Man Who Would Be King decried the traditional daily report from intelligence agencies as being for people who weren’t as smart as him:
I don’t have to be told — you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day for the next eight years. It could be eight years — but eight years. I don’t need that.
Abandoning half a century of tradition — including all of what we now call the Information Age — was no big deal to the new Thinker-in-Chief, and given his request in January to those providing the briefings, it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out why: Fewer words, more pictures. That was the briefing style Trump wanted, and his handlers declared that he was a “visual and auditory learner,” as though that’s not a thing we say about first-graders.
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) April 8, 2017
There’s little scientific evidence that differences in “learning styles” produce more or less intelligent people, though. In fact, once the body becomes more spatially aware, learning by movement kicks in. Only very rarely does the brain maintain tight control over learning, and the effects of that can be quite apparent.
At this point, we’re willing to try anything. Can we get back to non-nutritive sucking? His math skills are non-existent, he has little ability to estimate size or volume, and we are left to conclude that somehow, little Donnie Drumpf escaped from his class during a field trip in 1953 — never learning again until he was in a position of high enough authority to demand the pictures, not the words, that were so essential to him as a child.
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