While someone's name may not seem to have a lot of significance, for many people their name has immense historical, ancestral and cultural meaning. And that's especially true in the classroom.
YouTuber Adam Levine-Peres is the creator of ProjectBronx, a video channel dedicated to providing a voice to the people of the Bronx. He's also a teacher. In a new YouTube video published on October 10, Levine-Peres explains why education professionals should learn to pronounce the names of their students correctly.
It's an especially important topic because classrooms today are more diverse than ever before.
"Mispronouncing a student's name truly negates his or her identity, which, in turn, can hinder academic progress," Yee Wan, the president of the National Association for Bilingual Education, told NEA Today.
According to Levine-Peres, mispronouncing a student's name does more than just make them uncomfortable: it teaches them to give up easily, and it shows that you don't care enough to demonstrate common courtesy.
"I mean, my God, you wouldn't want someone to mispronounce your name, right?" he says in the video.
Levine-Peres then suggests that teachers take the time to learn the proper pronunciation of their students' names, as it "will go a long way in the classroom."
"Ask them, ask them again," he says in the video. "Ask them to say it slower, ask them to say it in their native language and spell it out phonetically in your attendance sheet."
As of October 19, Levine-Peres' video has received nearly 11,000 views.
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