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Know an Aloysius?

What's in a name? A lot, according to a research study that reveals teachers' unconscious discrimination against boys. Not boys in general, but boys with unpopular first names such as Elmer, Hubert, Otto, or Aloysius.

Specifically, the researchers at California State University, San Diego, determined that male students with unusual first names were given as much as one letter-grade lower when compared with their common-named peers for doing similar work.

Why this discrimination pattern? The researchers speculate that the teachers "knew" a Hubert or an Elmer was generally a loser because he was taunted by other children and reacted in an anatagonistic manner towards his teachers.

As to Aloysius, the name has an interesting history and its modern form is Louis!

Source: Instructor, November 1973