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What's in a name? Minnesota schools strive to say students' names correctly

from Minneapolis Star Tribune

Gayduobah Goyah left Liberia with a name holding the weight of his country, his culture and his family, but time and time again, he heard his Texas college peers butcher it. With each slip of the tongue, they cut at his name until one day Goyah chopped off his first name for his shorter middle name, Sizi. Now, the math teacher starts each year at Brooklyn Secondary Arts and IB World School by learning how to pronounce his students' names and sharing the stories, history and culture behind them. more


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