Or so I’ve heard.
I’d heard rumors, by way of message boards and idle chit-chat, of students who are left-handed being forced to write with their right hands. Something to do with left-handedness being seen as impure.
It would make sense, as left-handedness has often been considered as evil or unlucky or other various forms of “bad” in different cultures throughout time.
Which brings us to my own observation.
I have a student with virtually no fingers on her right hand. She has a thumb and four nubs. Yet she writes with her right hand. Well, she holds a pen with her right hand. Even when I help her with answers, I’ve never seen her scrawl more than a couple of words on worksheets in my entire semester thus far. She usually erases the haphazard letters right after writing them down.
It upsets me how she seems to left-behind in classes.
Out of curiosity, I did a quick scan. Sure enough, every single one of my 39 students in that class write with their right hands.
Now, I know being left-handed is slightly more common in men than women (so maybe there is some truth to the superstitions after all 😉 ). So it’s possible they’re actually right-handed.
I’m also not experienced with losing fingers. Maybe if you’re right-handed, it’s still easier to write with nubs than switch hands.
Or maybe every single one of my 1200 students is right-handed.
Edit: Another teacher out in the country said she’s never seen more left-handed people than she has in Korea. So I don’t know what’s going on. Food for thought anyways!