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Schoolteacher thinks left-handedness is evil!

We had an email recently from Club Member Mary that rather shocked us.  She said…

“I am very disturbed by a news report of a 4 year old being forced to write with his right hand.  This thought process is archaic.
Here is a link about a 4 year old being forced to write with his right hand.   
Be outraged for this child.  I guess some Oklahoma educators are still using 1815 methods regarding left-handed people.  Hopefully, this will not cause him to have academic problems.  To me, this is a form of discrimination.”

You can see the full story and a video of the news report about it using the link above, but briefly:

4 year old left-hander Zayde came home from school one day and surprised his mum Alisha, also left-handed, by writing with his right hand, not his left as normal.  She asked him why and he raised his left and said “teacher says this one's bad”.  She sent the teacher a note asking what was going on and got a strong response.  The teacher sent back a copy of an article calling left-handedness “unlucky”, “evil”, and “sinister” and adding for good measure that “for example, the devil is often portrayed as left-handed”.

Left-handedness evil article extract

We found the original article this came from here:
http://pediatriceducation.org/2011/02/28/when-will-i-know-which-hand-she-will-use/

It looks like the article referred to is only making statements of what people have considered to be true in the past, but the teacher has totally misinterpreted it, or coloured it with her own beliefs, to think some of those things are actually TRUE now and she needs to force children to change hands and educate their parents!  That is clearly a very bad thing to do and on the face of it this person has no place in the teaching profession.

Alisha couldn’t believe it.  She said “It breaks my heart for him because someone actually believes that, believes my child is evil because he's left-handed, it's crazy”.

She went to the school superintendent at Oakes Elementary in Okemah, Oklahoma, USA with the article but “there was no suspension of any kind. There was basically nothing done about this teacher”, Alisha says, “She told them she thought I needed literature on it”.

Zayde will likely be transferred to another class just two months into the school year as a result of this.

NewsChannel 4 called the school and were told the superintendent was out and were transferred us to the principal. She said she’s aware of the situation and the district is investigating then hung up before they could ask any questions.

Alisha is going to file a formal complaint with the Oklahoma Board of Education and we will try to find out what happens.

UPDATE

This story generated a huge amount of interest and you can see all the comments we received below.

The update is that this teacher had apparently done the same thing to at least one other young child and after her parents complained as well the teacher was forced to resign.
http://kfor.com/2015/09/25/oklahoma-pre-k-teacher-accused-in-left-handed-controversy-resigns/


 

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184 comments on “Schoolteacher thinks left-handedness is evil!
  1. Marny CA says:

    I love being ambidextrous! When my right hand/arm is out of commission my left is ready, willing, and able to take over with few restrictions.

    Evil? The way the Christians burned at the stake anyone they deemed to be different. Or murdering Jews who refused to become Christian yet praying to a Jew.

    Evil? The majority continually trying their best to destroy a tiny minority!

    Sad that Jews were not allowed to do their own crafts!

    • Marny CA says:

      More info: I can write with either hand – but am a righty. Lately, it’s been more convenient to write lefty. My right arm/elbow are resting on the arm of the recliner so doing crossword puzzles are lefty.

      I bowl lefty, golf righty, tennis serve is better/stronger lefty so I hold the racket lefty, too; catch a ball either hand but throw lefty so using a left handed mitt was tough.

      When painting, right hand is used for palette knife but for miniature/fine details, I use my left hand.

      I can also write with both hands at the same time – and used to be able to write two different things at the same time. Upside/down and backwards, too, along with mirror-imaging, which is fun to do.

      All of this must mean I am more than evil. Hot dog!!

      or quite talented. wink.

  2. Nick McCormack says:

    Nothing much changes, almost sixty years ago when I was attending a Roman Catholic Primary School I was forced to use my right hand and was told by teachers and the priest that being left handed was “a sign of The Devil”.

  3. Mrs. A.J. Millington says:

    As the oldest of five kids, at age 4, I was forced by my [meshuggina] parents to be right-handed. Yet, I have 2 brothers & a sister; all lefties like me. It was awkward & uncomfortable resulting in a somewhat sloppy [right-handed] handwriting script. My parents had me believe there was “something wrong with me,” that I wouldn’t fit in with other students in school (who cares!). I did excel in art: drawing/painting, music and foreign languages. However, I was terrible in math but that was largely due to the teachers. A recent ice skating accident resulted in injury to my right wrist (a hairline fracture). Although I always eat with my left hand, switching back to being a southpaw again was also a bit awkward. However, I realized this is how I was wired at birth, therefore, I am not switching back. Anyone who thinks being left-handed is evil has the problem. Like arguing that the earth is flat it stems from the paradigms of ignorance and utter foolishness; that somehow by being right-handed that you’re perfect (not). It’s a discriminating form of prejudice, coupled with paradigms must be broken. Right-handers need some serious education on the matter!

    • Karen Mader says:

      Were your 2 brothers and your sister forced to use their right hand also?

      • Mrs. A.J. Millington says:

        Unfortunately, no they weren’t. My brother who’s a year younger than I am, is an excellent graphic artist and is left-handed. I don’t know why my parents didn’t force my 2 brothers & sister to be right-handed. My husband says that’s what folks did back in the day. It is what it is; I’m a southpaw until the day I die. No switching back to being right-handed. The transition hasn’t been easy but it’s the best way for me.

        • marny CA says:

          That teacher should be either reeducated or removed from the classroom.

          What would she do with a child who has no arms and writes with their feet?

          I’m a rightie who is happy to be ambidextrous and creative and smarter than that teacher.

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