The latest micro-aggression according to the left wing snowflake generation on the West Coast is now the mispronouncing of a student’s name. So aren’t we lucky that most Muslims are named Mohammed, Mohamed, Muhammad, Muhammed, Mohamad, Muhammed, and various and sundry other spellings. Even better, they are all pronounced the same way.
Considering that most Muslims have one or more of the above versions as part of their first or last name, this is one micro-aggression Muslims won’t be able to use as an excuse to drag out their favorite ‘Islamophobia” victim card. Best of all, if Hillary Clinton gets elected, most new immigrants will have a name we can all pronounce.
Breitbart A campaign initiated by the National Association for Bilingual Education and the Santa Clara County Office of Education says a teacher who mispronounces a student’s name is causing a negative emotional state that can lead to poor academic success.
The campaign, titled “My Name, My Identity: A Declaration of Self,” says on its website, “Did you know that mispronouncing a student’s name negates the identity of the student? This can lead to anxiety and resentment which, in turn, can hinder academic progress.”
Rita Kohli, an assistant professor of education at the University of California at Riverside, toldNEA Today – the publication of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union – that overlooking the mispronunciation of a student’s name is a “microaggression” that can sabotage the learning process.
“Names have incredible significance to families, with so much thought, meaning and culture woven into them,” Kohli says. “When the child enters school and teachers – consciously or not – mispronounce, disregard or change the name, they are in a sense disregarding the family and culture of the students as well.”
Kohli and Daniel Solorzano conducted a study in 2012 called “Teachers, Please Learn Our Names!: Racial Microagressions and the K-12 Classrooms.” They found that mispronouncing students’ names affected their social and emotional state.
Meanwhile, education blogger Jennifer Gonzalez refers to the mispronunciation of a student’s name as “a tiny act of bigotry.” She continues:
Whether you intend to or not, what you’re communicating is this: Your name is different. Foreign. Weird. It’s not worth my time to get it right. Although most of your students may not know the word microaggression, they’re probably familiar with that vague feeling of marginalization, the message that everyone else is “normal,” and they are not.
“And before you get all defensive about the bigotry thing, let’s be clear: Discovering that something you do might be construed as bigotry doesn’t mean anyone is calling you a bigot,” Gonzalez adds. “It’s just an opportunity to grow. An opportunity to understand that doing something a little differently shows others that you respect them.”
“Students often felt shame, embarrassment and that their name was a burden,” Kohli says. “They often began to shy away from their language, culture and families.”
As CNSNews.com reports, 528 school districts across the country have recently launched a campaign to “pronounce students’ names correctly” in order to encourage respect and inclusion and to be sensitive to the child’s cultural background.