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Sun May 21, 2017, 06:56 PM

4-Year-Olds Dont Act Like Trump

**Comparing children to trump is inaccurate and unfair to children.**

The analogy is pervasive among his critics: Donald Trump is like a child. Making him the president was like making a 4-year-old the leader of the free world.

But the analogy is profoundly wrong, and it’s unfair to children. The scientific developmental research of the past 30 years shows that Mr. Trump is utterly unlike a 4-year-old.

Four-year-olds care deeply about the truth. They constantly try to seek out information and to figure out how the world works. Of course, 4-year-olds, as well as adults, occasionally lie. But Mr. Trump doesn’t just lie; he seems not even to care whether his statements are true.

Four-year-olds are insatiably curious. One study found that the average preschooler asks hundreds of questions per day. Just watch a toddler “getting into everything” — endangering his own safety to investigate interesting new objects like knives and toasters. Mr. Trump refuses to read and is bored by anything that doesn’t involve him personally.

Four-year-olds can pay attention. They do have difficulty changing the focus of their attention in response to arbitrary commands. But recent studies show that even babies systematically direct their focus to the events and objects that will teach them the most. They pay special attention to events that contradict what they already believe. Mr. Trump refuses to pay attention to anything that clashes with his preconceptions.

More here:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/opinion/sunday/4-year-olds-children-trump-gopnik.html

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DesertRat May 2017 OP
smirkymonkey May 2017 #1
sheshe2 May 2017 #2
DesertRat May 2017 #3
crazycatlady May 2017 #4
DesertRat May 2017 #6
Initech May 2017 #5
DesertRat May 2017 #7

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Sun May 21, 2017, 07:48 PM

1. K&R

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Sun May 21, 2017, 08:40 PM

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Tue May 23, 2017, 09:07 AM

3. Kick

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Tue May 23, 2017, 09:13 AM

4. My older niece is 4

She can pay attention when she wants to. She's very curious and is ready to learn something new.

Every time she sees me, I get asked several times a day "Aunt Crazycatlady what is XYZ?"

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Response to crazycatlady (Reply #4)

Tue May 23, 2017, 10:51 AM

6. 4 year olds are curious and care about how other people feel.

You're fortunate to have her in your life.

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Tue May 23, 2017, 09:16 AM

5. Most 4 year olds don't act like Trump supporters either.

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Response to Initech (Reply #5)

Tue May 23, 2017, 10:52 AM

7. That's true!

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