I’ve just stumbled across this thought-provoking video and article, and I thought I’d share it here.
I would be really interested to to hear your own experiences of this. Did you have a name which teachers or fellow students mispronounced (or worse) at school? Are you a teacher with experience of this? Are you a parent of a child with a name that is frequently mispronounced?
"Almost everyone has school memories of the student — or students — who had to bear the brunt of having a name that others couldn’t, or wouldn’t, correctly pronounce. A name that was different from their peers, or “difficult” for a teacher to say out loud. But the question is, different from what, and why was the pronunciation challenging?
On an audible level, our names are the most basic building blocks of our identity. It is how we are called, recognized, and recorded by the community at large. So what happens when that name is stigmatized, especially in an educational setting?"