Friday, November 25, 2016

Teachers must respect student's names

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: How Canadians can be more inclusive of diverse names

Teachers must respect student's names.
This is an excellent CBC radio program that gives some information of import to teachers with diverse school populations.
I recall trying to convince a student from China to use his given name. He preferred to use 'Kevin' instead. I tried.
 In a society as diverse as our own is today, it's just a matter of respect to become familiar with so-called unfamiliar names, especially at a time when racial divisions seem to be surfacing in the wake of the U.S. election. Because mispronouncing names is one of the everyday ways that people from diverse backgrounds may feel excluded.Actor and writer Shekhar Paleja (Pron: SHAY-kher Pel-LAY-jah) moved to Canada when he was eight years old and says he dealt with a healthy amount of racism in Alberta in the 80s.

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