San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 04, 2013
The 5 Worst Problems Left-Handers Face at School: thelefthandstore.com polled its customers, Facebook friends, and staff.
Schools, like everything else in the world, are designed for right-handers. But problems in school design and practice are particularly serious, as they interfere with learning, all too often causing young left-handers to fall behind in school.
When thelefthandstore.com posted the question about the worst problems lefties face in school on their Facebook page, 130 replies poured in within a few hours. In particular, these 5 problems stood out:
#1 Right-Handed Desks. Most schools use chairs with a writing surface attached, typically on the right. Left-handed desks are available, and most schools own a few. But often right-handed teachers and administrators forget to put them out, or don't buy enough. Lefties have to contort themselves to use these desks, writing poorly and with much difficulty.
#2 Right-Handed Teachers. Because lefties make up only 10-15% of the population, most teachers are right-handed. Though teachers today try to consider the issues facing lefty students, they may inadvertently place them where they bump elbows with their right-handed classmates, or stand on the students' right sides to work with them, etc. They can't demonstrate writing or measuring or cutting so that a lefty can copy their movements. Though it is rare today, it was common practice during much of the 20th century and before for teachers to force lefty kids to use their right hands. Left-handedness was often considered a mild disability by teachers and
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