The troubling characteristics of Donald Trump
I vividly remember an incident that took place when I was a school administrator several years ago. There was a very troubled student who required intensive behavioral interventions. In addition to multiple family conferences, I held the student accountable for their actions by imposing disciplinary consequences according to the Code of Student Conduct. I recall how the family resented me for doing so as I was often subjected to their belittling words simply because I was performing my job.
One day the frail grandmother of the student invaded my physical space during a meeting and literally got in my face. As she remained in close proximity to me, she extended and pointed her bony finger near my eyes and repeatedly yelled the following words to me:
“you ruined him…you ruined him…YOU RUINED HIM!”
To this very day, I believe that my response was on target and very appropriate. I let this family member know that the student was THEIR child and that the student was a product of what was and was not being taught in their home. I never had a problem with that family member again.
Good parenting involves instilling humanistic values in the hearts of their children when they are young so that they will ultimately grow to become responsible members of society. Additionally, it is the responsibility of parents to secure professional behavior and mental health interventions and services for their children if they display severe problems getting along with others including family members and peers.The failure of parents to do so will produce devastating consequences for children when they are older. Interpersonal difficulties and antisocial behaviors will likely be some of the outcomes.
The highest level of family engagement is often reflected within the family unit. Pride typically fill the hearts of men and women as they witness the evolution of their children into very fine adults. I cannot help but wonder if the heart of the Trump parents would be filled with this type of pride if they were alive today.
It is a serious thought that I continue to have.
Concerns About the Interpersonal Disposition of the President of the United States
Troubling concerns exist from others within the nation and all over the world about Donald Trump’s capacity to build bridges of hope to connect people with a spirit of unity. His sense of humanity continues to be questioned. The president appears to lack the capacity to be compassionate or to display empathy for others.
This is especially true for those people living in inequitable, desperate, unequal, and powerless situations.
I have questions about the manner in which Donald Trump was raised along with the failure of his family to address the character flaws that have shaped his disposition today.
Here are descriptors that I believe reflects the interpersonal characteristics of the President of the United States. This will substantiate all of the concerns about his character and ability to lead with the integrity and compassion that are needed in the world today.
Even though he has achieved great global status, I wonder what his parents would really think of the man and world leader that Donald Trump has become?
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Dr. Deborah M. Vereen is a retired Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, School Principal, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Assistant to the Superintendent for Family and Community Engagement, and Professor of Multicultural education. Her website is www.Drdeborahmvereen.com and her YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS1DPhBeA29UlybU9jzDkdQ.