Punita Rice for NinetoNoon Radio New Zealand

On Cultural Proficiency – Radio New Zealand Interview

In Teaching by Punita Rice

Last week, I chatted with Kathryn Ryan, host of Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon (live!) about the importance of cultural proficiency in education, name pronunciation, and why teachers should understand their students’ backgrounds.

The gist of our conversation was this: My saying your name correctly is a way of showing you respect… that empowers the student. 

(More here).

You can listen to our conversation here. Or, you can click here to directly download the mp3.

Thank you Kathryn, and thank you Radio New Zealand for having me, and for highlighting the importance of cultural proficiency!

About the Author

Punita Rice

Punita Rice is the founder of the ISAASE.org resource-hub, and author of the research book "South Asian American Experiences in Schools: Brown Voices from the Classroom" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), the children's book series "The Adventures of Hunny & Sunny," and "Toddler Weaning." She holds a Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University, and is a former classroom teacher, academic adviser, and researcher. She lives in Maryland.