The Lack of comprehension is a threat to our civilization.

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Our children, yes, our Black, Brown, Lower income, American African children are going to kill, harm, maim, steal, destroy property because of comprehension is not being achieved in our children.

What I have noticed through conversations and observation with the youth under the age of 35 in predominantly American Africans and lower economic class is that lack of comprehension and the use of proper grammar.

The lack of conducting a conversation with proper vernacular speaks volume to what many issues in crime and fall of African Diaspora and that is comprehension. This way of speaking in slang and broken English is known as Ebonics, and this disastrous way of speaking has caused the decline in American Africans in modern society. The inability to understand and analyze information critically hinders their intellectual growth and overall development. This is due to the grammar being spoken and used among the youth and the untamed. Yes, I said untamed, wild, broken, feral, and a dumbA.. and here is why I said it. When you are not able to conduct yourself in a situation you are untamed, when you cannot analyze your situations and act accordingly, you are untamed. The short response is this, if you do not know how and when to code switch, you are untamed period. 

Comprehension is the ability to understand, interpret, and make meaning out of various forms of information, including written texts, verbal instructions, multimedia, and real-life situations. It is a crucial cognitive skill that forms the foundation for learning and acquiring knowledge. Without comprehension, young individuals struggle to grasp complex concepts, solve problems effectively, and engage actively in conversation, and understanding situations that could save their lives from corruption, and the other end of a bullet. The youth’s emotional states are costing their lives and creating more deaths than COVID. The lack of comprehension in today’s teenagers is an all-time epidemic. We are not addressing why these children are not able to regulate their emotions and behaviors. I know we can provide a wraparound service that is available in all our communities.  

I understand why many American African and lower income people are afraid of services. We have been jailed, fined, and controlled by the government’s interjection through services offered. Here is what I am strongly suggesting is the wraparound services is to help identify what is needed for a child, family, and communities to move forward to being better and successful. These services include education, mental health, physical health, economic/financial to name a few.  

We have the people, and I am one of these to help develop and educate our communities.

Learning is a process, and knowing and understanding one factor that is not being addressed is the presence of high levels of cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress. The impact of elevated cortisol levels on the learning capabilities of the youth is creating this epidemic of large portions. The lack of people in the education system and knowing how to address is understand the relationship of cortisol and causation it has on comprehension is causing behaviors outburst in schools, which lead to suspension and jail. Cortisol, commonly known as the stress hormone, is released by the adrenal glands in response to stress signals from the brain. It serves a vital role in the body’s stress response, regulating various physiological processes. This process starts in the brain, and it is how the individual creates his personal perception. Elevated cortisol levels will interfere with the formation of new memories and the learning process. This is primarily due to the impact of cortisol on the hippocampus, a brain region crucial for education.

Comprehension is closely intertwined with critical thinking. When comprehension skills are lacking, the ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information is compromised. This hinders personal relationships, professional growth, and future success.

The inadequate educational approaches and traditional teaching methods that prioritize rote memorization and standardized testing often neglect the development of a child coming from a negative environment. The focus on superficial knowledge acquisition instead of fostering deep understanding contributes to the problem of the overall issues of crime and youth development. With the levels of dysfunction in the communities specifically young black children and lower economic people, have and will cause an economic decline because of the lack of understanding what is causing the lack of comprehension skills. These factors are why dropouts happen; youth crime is on the rise. We cannot arrest our way out of this problem.

We understand our problems and there is a way to fix them, we have not shown that we are brave enough as a community to address these issues. We must be truthful to ourselves, to first get involved, second tell on one another. Doing this helps problems get addressed so people, families, and children can get the help needed to succeed and to not be punished for it.

We say we want better, but we are not as a people doing better. We are sure to complain and criticize but we are not showing up to schools to address our children’s needs, we are not showing up for local voting, and we are not showing up and asking for mental, emotional, physical and financial help.

How do I know? The stats say so!!

Here are just a few stats to look over:

  1. The CDC last year reported the black children are the highest to be diagnosed with ADHD.
  2. Among people who reported voting in 2020 election, for example, 71% were white, 10.7% were Hispanic or Latino, 12.2% were Black, and 4.4% were Asian.
  3. According to national financial data Blacks have the lowest median income in the United States.
  4. Education and Comprehension: 130million Americans – 54% of adults between the ages of 16 and 74 years old lack proficiency in literacy, which mean reading below the equivalent to a 6th grader. As with the 4th-graders, Black, Hispanic, and American Indian students have significantly worse overall reading performance.

If this does not warrant you to take action and to help in and around your community, the community to identify and help your neighbor , family, children you have notice, THEN YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!

Written by: Dr. Paul W Dyer