Word Deficiency

001 This is the July issue of Ebony Magazine. Chaka Khan is standing there on the left. She is sixty but looks thirty! She has lost a lot of weight and is off her diabetes and cholesterol medicine. Anyway, I was reading this article in the magazine called ‘the miseducation of black boys’. I wrote down this from the article:

When researchers Betty Hart Ph.D., and Todd Risley Ph.D. in 1995 released that poor children hear 30 million fewer words by their third birthday than middle-class children creating a word deficit that has a devastating effect on their school success for many educators working with low-income black children it was like they had been handed the holy grail. So much of what they saw happening to young black children in school could now be explained. For black boys, this word deficit was exponentially worse, what Dana Suskind a cochlear implant surgeon who started the thirty million words project in Chicago calls the triple whammy.

Boys talk less and talk later than girls as babies according to researchers. In addition, studies have shown mothers talk more to their girl babies than their boys, likely influenced by the fact that girl babies typically give them more verbal feedback than boys. And in low-income communities in general, mothers talk less to their children as shown by Hart and Risley.

(Dana Suskind), what helps you talk is maternal input. Moms talk more to their girls….kids from lower-income communities are already behind when they start school and trying to play a game of catch-up but every year falling further behind.

There is more in the article but that portion caught my eye and I remembered something Yah said. Do you remember Yah said we are to always be communicating His words to our children? This is why these children especially boys have this word deficiency today. It’s a deficiency from hearing the word of Yah. Deuteronomy 6:7 You shall teach them (the commandments) diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up. (Me: even in your womb talk to them). Psalm 78:5-7 For He established a testimony in Yahqob and appointed a law in Ysrayl which He commanded our fathers. That they should make them known to their children. That the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born that they may arise and declare them to their children. That they may set their hope in Yah and not forget the works of Yah. But keep His commandments.

A baby develops the ability to hear sounds at about 18 weeks into the pregnancy according to Mayoclinic.com. The baby’s ears and earlobes start to form when you are about 8 weeks pregnant but it takes another three months at least until your baby can start picking up sounds.

From http://www.parenting.com/article/what-babies-learn-in-the-womb  By the time of the third trimester your baby’s ears are fully functional. The baby can hear the sounds of his mom’s body, her stomach growling, her heart beating, the occasional hiccup or burp but he can also hear from beyond like the noise of the surround sound at the movies. (From the 4th page of the article) Researchers have observed babies in utero in a state of quiet alertness which suggests they may be concentrating on something—listening to mom talking, perhaps.

*Luke 1:41, When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting (voice), the child leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Set-apart Spirit. So according to scripture babies do hear and respond.


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