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I’m studying for my English class and need an explanation.
Anahi (Ah-na-e) is a Hispanic child who attends a faith based preschool. She begin attending this school when she was 9 months old. When she was born, many people struggled saying her name. Her parents always made the effort to correct people when they mispronounced it because they wanted their daughter to feel proud of her name. It was also important to her parents that she was not given a nickname unless it was a nickname that she has chosen.
As the children in her class begin to speak, they were not able to say her name. They called her Nani (Nah-ni). Anahi’s parents were ok with this because the children were just beginning to develop language. As time went on, Anahi’s mom begin noticing that the teachers were also calling her Nani. This upset Anahi’s mom because she felt it was important for Anahi to be able to recognize and pronounce her name correctly. Anahi’s mom is not sure how to address this situation because she believes the teachers are not doing it intentionally, and she doesn’t want to hurt their feelings.
Using this vignette, answer the following questions:
- As a parent, how would you handle this situation?
- As a teacher, if a parent approached you with this concern, what would you say?