by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
From Education Week: Mispronouncing Students’ Names: A Slight That Can Cut Deep.
According to the article,
“If they’re encountering teachers who are not taking the time to learn their name or don’t validate who they are, it starts to create this wall,” said Rita (ree-the) Kohli, an assistant professor in the graduate school of education at the University of California, Riverside.
It can also hinder academic progress.
Did you notice that neither Kohli nor the author substantiate the claim that mispronunciation actually hinders academic progress?
Regardless, if mispronunciation of a name, a common human error, actually “cuts deep,” then the student is the problem, not the teacher.
Perhaps a decree from President Obama could fix this problem…