A father who corrected a teacher for mispronouncing his daughter’s name was stunned when asked to come to her school for a meeting – accused of having challenged the teacher’s authority.
Post on Reddit the man explained how his seven-year-old girl Keeley attended online school sessions at home and heard the teacher use the name “Kelly” several times.
After a while he realized that the teacher was talking to his daughter.
When the virtual lesson ended, Keeley told her father that the teacher had misunderstood her name all year round – and that she had given up the teacher’s memory.
The father said that he had sent the teacher an email explaining the misunderstanding but not getting an answer.
He said he also asked his daughter to politely tell her teacher that it was “Keeley real, not Kelly like jelly” because people often get confused.
Shortly after, the lesson started and almost immediately the girl was called Kelly again, so the father went to the screen and said, “Hi, this is Keeley’s father. Her name is not Kelly. It’s Keeley. Hard E. Sorry for the confusion. “
He told the story about Reddit and added, “A few hours later I had an email in my inbox inviting my wife and I to a parent teacher conference on the flawed principle.
“The long and short of the meeting eventually became that the school believes that although the teacher probably should have learned her name, the real problem is that she feels I challenged her authority by correcting her in class and that the names were “similar enough” to “not justify such a drastic action”.
“That surprised me. I couldn’t believe a meeting was needed, let alone blame it on us.”
The post received a wave of reactions. A user said, “I had a teacher do that to my daughter and she only corrected herself when I started addressing her with the wrong name. Yes NTA”
Another added, “Keeley is not a difficult name to say correctly. School staff are the foundation of student confidence and professional expectations. Every student has the right to have his name spoken correctly and treated with respect.”