Left handed children in schools have many problems in getting an education, and being left handed is not one of them. There are many objects in schools which make life difficult - pens, books, desks, rulers, scissors, etc. But the single greatest source of frustration for children is the adult in the class, the educated person who is supposed to know better.
the majority of the population, most teachers are right handed, and
many grow up with outdated and closed minded attitudes toward left
handedness such as "It needs to be stopped," or "Left hand people are uncoordinated."
should be trained to respect that some children are left handed, and
respect the child's right to be so. More importantly, the teacher
should be giving left handed children the same education they give right
Unfortunately, they don't. In my own
experiences of teaching, I have listened to many students tell how
their teachers hit their left hands while writing and said "No!", how
teachers marked work wrong for being done with the left. But the single
worst thing teachers do is ignore and neglect left handed children.
spend copious amounts of time teaching right handed children how to
write. But very few spend time teaching left handed children how to
write and hold a pen. Is this ignorance and poor training of them as
teachers? Or is this passive-aggressive behaviour, a way of telling the
left handed child, "I'm not going to help you if you do that."
neglect means left handed children must figure out how to write on
their own, with no one there to give them leadership or example. I have
seen so many children with hookhandedness, who hold pencils in a clawed
grip. Nearly all find writing to be difficult or even painful, and
when a child finds writing difficult, it means the child is less likely
to do homework or examples. They end up not learning as well because of
less practice and zero instruction, treated as second class students
and receiving a second class education.
to be educated and enlightened. They need to give left handed students
the same effort and attention as any other. And don't use the feeble
argument of, "They can't show lefties how to hold the pen, it's the
Codswallop. When I teach right handed
children, I have a mirror in the class. The kids can see my left hand
appear like a right hand. I have no trouble treating them the same way I
treat left handed students. As well, many left handed people can write
backwards, write from right to left. I can, so when right handed kids
watch my hand in the mirror, it looks to them like a right hand writing
left to right.
It's not a lack of ability or facilities
that keeps right handed teachers from educating left handed children
properly. It's arrogance and a lack of effort on their part.