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Names that cause teachers trouble

Discussion in 'Personal' started by deleted551, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. Actually, Fin, what a brilliant idea! Seriously! I think it would reveal some patterns - just my guess - but even if it did the trolls would just say it was our fault for sending the recidivists to their destinies by our reaction to their names! Then again, I could be proved wrong. It would be an ideal M.Ed topic!
    What were the Kray twins' names? Great Train Robbers? Was it Dr Henry Shipman? I forget. The Yorkshire Ripper? 10 Rillington Place? Etc.
  2. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

  3. hmmm, other names of prisoners...
    ah - those names beginning with J.
  4. First Names and Crime: Does Unpopularity Spell Trouble?
    Objective. We investigate the relationship between first name popularity and
    juvenile delinquency to test the hypothesis that unpopular names are positively
    correlated with crime.
  5. Thanks, Harsh. Like me at the moment, you've got a lot of time on your hands? In a list of 14, looks bad for Ronnies and Jimmys!
  6. Whoa, Mean: all I got was a message about needing to get my computer to eat biscuits or something, so couldn't load it. What does it conclude (the investigation)?
  7. We add to the literature on first names by finding, regardless of race,
    a positive correlation between unpopular first names and juvenile delinquency.
    The first names of juvenile delinquents do not represent a random
    sample of first names in the general population. A 10 percent increase in the
    popularity of a name is associated with a 3.7 percent decrease in the number
    of juvenile delinquents who have that name. Because unpopular names may
    signal an increased propensity to commit crime, this study provides additional
    insight (beyond that of a discrimination motive on the part of employers) as
    to why job applicants with unpopular names may be disadvantaged.
    We show that unpopular names are associated with juveniles who live in
    nontraditional households, such as female-headed households or households
    without two parents. In addition, juvenile delinquents with unpopular
    names are more likely to reside in counties with lower socioeconomic status.
    These two findings suggest that unpopular names may merely be correlated
    with omitted factors (disadvantage home environment) that affect the propensity
    toward juvenile delinquency rather than being the cause of juvenile
    delinquency. Nevertheless, if having an unpopular name constrains employment
    opportunities or negatively affects how others perceive one, it is
    possible that names could have a causal effect on crime. This hypothesis is
    consistent with the findings of Twenge and Manis (1998). They control for
    family background characteristics by using a paired-siblings design and report:
    ‘‘First names and identity appear to go hand in hand, with first names
    explaining a small but significant part of the variance in the psychological
    adjustment of the individual.’’ With appropriate data, further research
    should explore more fully the issues of causality and the name-crime link.
    Any such future research should acknowledge, as in this study, a methodological
    limitation in using data on juveniles who are formally adjudicated.
    Previous research has shown that adjudicated delinquents are not the full
    population of all juvenile offenders, since official crime data do not contain
    self-reported crime. Self-reported crime might contain a broader array of
    offenders than those processed in the juvenile justice system. Therefore, it is
    First Names and Crime 47
    possible that juveniles whose crime is self-reported may have more popular
    names than those who commit officially reported crime, which could affect
    the relationship between names and crime.
    In research settings in which there are few control variables, especially on
    individual family background characteristics, first names could serve as a
    useful proxy and help address omitted variable bias. Gyimah-Brempong and
    Price (2006), for example, use the Scrabble score of a person’s first name as a
    tangential explanatory variable (their key independent variables measure skin
    hue) in regressions trying to explain age at incarceration and length of
    sentence.6 In the majority of their specifications, a higher Scrabble score is
    associated with either an increased hazard of criminal activity or a longer
    sentence. The authors conclude that ‘‘a dark skin hue, all things equal,
    induces a transition into criminal activity . . . as a result of dark skin hue
    constraining the set of legitimate non-criminal activities.’’ Based on the
    results presented herein, it is possible that the same could be said for people
    with unpopular names.
    First name characteristics may have implications for other types of crime
    and law research. Are first names useful in predicting criminal recidivism?
    Do jurors use information on the defendant’s name to help decide guilt or
    punishment? In a related context, Figlio (2005) contends that teachers’
    perceptions of students are dependent on the names of their students, which,
    in turn, may affect student test scores. It is possible that police officers may
    profile based on a person’s first name, causing officers to further interrogate
    and physically search people with unpopular names. For example, police
    traffic stops may more frequently result in vehicle searches of drivers who
    have unique names. Depending on the information available to researchers,
    first name characteristics may be an important factor to help identify individuals
    at high risk of committing or recommitting crime, leading to more
    effective and targeted intervention programs.
  8. thebigonion

    thebigonion New commenter

    Julius, Rosa, Ernst, Auric, Emilio, Francisco, Karl, Hugo, Aris, Kamal, Max, Brad, Franz, Alec, Elliot, Viktor, Gustav and Dominic.

    These would appear to be first names to avoid, based on my sources...
  9. And this-----------

    Names, Expectations and the Black-White Test Score Gap

    David N. Figlio
    of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration - Department
    of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

    March 2005

    <a class="textlink">NBER Working Paper No. W11195[/URL]


    This paper investigates the question of whether teachers treat children
    differentially on the basis of factors other than observed ability, and
    whether this differential treatment in turn translates into differences
    in student outcomes. I suggest that teachers may use a child's name as
    a signal of unobserved parental contributions to that child's
    education, and expect less from children with names that "sound" like
    they were given by uneducated parents. These names, empirically, are
    given most frequently by Blacks, but they are also given by White and
    Hispanic parents as well. I utilize a detailed dataset from a large
    Florida school district to directly test the hypothesis that teachers
    and school administrators expect less on average of children with names
    associated with low socio-economic status, and these diminished
    expectations in turn lead to reduced student cognitive performance.
    Comparing pairs of siblings, I find that teachers tend to treat
    children differently depending on their names, and that these same
    patterns apparently translate into large differences in test scores.


    My bold above, about 1.5 % difference
  10. <font size="2">Has nobody thought the possibility that all the children with "badly behaved names" only act in that way because that is the way they have been treated. If you have a pre-disposition to children named James for example and always believe they are naughty or misbehaved then you may accidently or unconsciously treat the child as if they were in fact always naughty. For example always watching them closely, criticising or blaming the child with out proof then they are going to learn that they are fundamentally naughty and thus begin to act out and become the person that they are treated. </font>
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  11. Be advised, that sounds a bit like one of those "It's not the child's fault. It's the the teachers' fault" excuses..
  12. No, they are all victims of another arrogant and self satisfied James.
  13. thebigonion

    thebigonion New commenter

    Or should he be called 'Jimmy'? Alcoholic woman-beater that he is...
  14. Brandon... most definately Brandon.
    Harry... usually trouble but charming.
    I agree with the 'made up names' - the more made up they are or the more a parent has tried to spell the name 'differently', the worse the child is.
    and now working in Spain, you can hear me screaming MIGUEL, all day every day. Miguel..... MIGUEL...... Miiiiiiiiiigueeeeeeeeeel!!!
  15. A colleague once told me that a class with lots of King and Queens names usually turned out to be a good one and I have found this to be true in more than one instance. It could of course be that parents who call their children Elizabeth or James are older or more conservative but I do always check now! (Shortened versions like Charlie do not count.)
    We had terrible trouble finding names for our own children as we were both teachers and every name we came up with had bad memories for myself or my husband. Thankfully we found two in the end that were suitable.
  16. In my experience you can bet your house on the pupils with made up names, or common/normal names that have been 'creatively' spelt, being badly behaved. As a result of teaching, my names list for my children, is very short!
  17. A load of rubbish, my 4 brothers and I all have names beginning with J and we were never any problem and there was only 1 Jonathan.
  18. A load of rubbish, my 4 brothers and I all have names beginning with J and we were never any problem and there was only 1 Jonathan.
  19. Ryan and Michela - that's both of our children in one post and they are never any trouble!
  20. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    welcome to TES, osvob

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