Post # 1
To be fair her name IS Ladasha (but is pronounced La-DAY-sha). Recently, she started writing her name on her papers as La-a.
I want so badly to sit her down and talk to her about the fact that the La-a thing was started by a racist urban legend. I’m thinking that it isn’t my place to have that sort of conversation with her though. Right?
I am sincerely hoping that she’s never even heard the whole La-a thing and came up with it on her own.
Post # 4
Wow. Just wow. How old is she? That stupid La-a story just makes me want to scream every single time I read it. No sage advice on if you should talk to her or not, but I will share a facepalm with you.
Post # 5
I don’t know what La-a is but I will look it up.
I would talk to her though but not to point out that there’s a problem with her name, yet. I would start by asking her why she changed her name, what it means to her etc etc.
Then you’d know what it’s about without jumping to conclusions…kids hate being accused of things…well all people hate being accused of things lol.
Post # 6
I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about so maybe she doesn’t understand it either. 🙂
Post # 7
@misspeanut: She is 13. We actually just had a big class discussion about racism and how it is still prevelant in the world today (we just finished reading The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963). We talked about how sometimes people can perpetuate their own stereotypes (i.e. casual use of the N-word in music and conversation). I really, really wanted to bring up the La-a thing then but I didn’t want to single her out.
We do have an urban legend unit coming up at the end of the month. Perhaps I can have her research it then? Or, maybe I should just let it be.
Post # 8
I had a customer with that name. She said it was LA-A on her birth certificate so I was just like whatever… lol
Post # 9
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I wouldn’t talk to her about it- I think she probably would be mortified. And some people really are named that.
Post # 10
I think I would just let it be. I didn’t know about the urban legend before the bee. I am assuming (hoping?) that she doesn’t understand the racial meaning behind it either, so she doesn’t mean any harm by it. Unless another student expresses that this bothers them, I would leave it alone.
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Post # 12
@WannaBeeMrsB: You’re probably right.
I know she doesn’t mean any harm by it. She is such a sweet, bright girl. I’m just trying to look out for her.
Post # 13
What would I do? Take off points on her assignments! The same as I would if someone continutally left off their name or wrote the wrong name. BUT, I teach college age kids, so they are old enough to handle a little more tough love than a 13 year old.
Post # 14
Honestly I really don’t think it’s your place to call her out on it.
Post # 15
I would just ask her to write her name the way it appears on her birth certificate.
Post # 16
Tell her that you expect her to write her full name on her papers and that abbreviated names (not regular nickname, like Jennifer/Jen) aren’t acceptable. Ugh. Facepalm is right.