Why Pronouncing Student Names Correctly Matters, and How to Get Them Right
Lydia McFarlane first published this piece in Education Week on July 13, 2023
After immigrating to the United States from India as an 11-year-old, Keshav Malani’s teachers routinely mispronounced his name, but he was accustomed to not correcting them due to an unspoken tradition in Indian schools.
However, he soon became frustrated with the repeated mispronunciation as he navigated through K-12 education in Dublin, Calif., southeast of Oakland.
As one of four Indian students in his high school, Malani’s teachers and administrators only realized they had been mispronouncing his name when a teacher overhead him speaking about the correct pronunciation with a classmate.