Any Left handers had their hand changed by teachers

By Joni
@joni1215 (394)
United States
December 8, 2011 12:19pm CST
I have wondered about this for a while. In our country at least, children who were left handed were often made to learn to use their right hand because it was easier for teachers. People who are right handed are right brain dominant. So, I wonder about those left handed people. Does it cause confusion for them in their mind? I also wonder if since they are left brain dominant at birth, does that change and also does this mean that the left brain is not the creative side like it is in right handed people. Something to think about for sure. I suspect this may have happened to me. And I think so because I am ambidextrous and I actually use my left hand more efficiently than my right one. If this has happened to you, tell me about your experience.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
9 Dec 11
Actually, you are backward on one thing here, people that are right-handed are left brain dominant and people that are left-handed are right brain dominant. With that said, I'm proud to say that I'm a left-handed person, I was born that way and no one ever tried to change my dominant hand. I will admit that there were some things that were more difficult for me to learn, but there hasn't been anything that I can't do if I put my mind to it.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
9 Dec 11
actually, the brain sort of crosses over and left handed people are the only ones in their "right" minds...
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@Fortunata (1136)
• United States
9 Dec 11
My great aunt told me a story once that gave me chills down my spine-she said that her father told her that he remembered children in his family having their left hand tied behind them if they were left handed, so they'd use their right instead. The reason being, the devil ruled those that were left handed. As I am left handed, it just creeped me out to hear that. My Mother told me that my Dad's mother told her that she should 'encourage' me to use my right hand, and they got into a heated argument about it, when I was a toddler. I do know that I am right eye dominant, or so my eye doctor told me, because my right eye is weaker than my left. I suspect my husband, who is from Great Britain, was made to be right handed, as he is confused sometimes about left from right, and I'd always heard that such people were made to be right handed instead of left handed. I asked him about it, and he said it was possible, as he'd seen kids in all his classes being forced to not use their left hand by teachers, and cruelly so, having their hands slapped by rulers. I am glad that this ignorance isn't going on in the schools anymore. I had a bad experience with a kidnergarten teacher that scarred me terribly, as she hadn't wanted me to use my left hand. She'd scream at me in front of the other children, "What's wrong with you?" whenever I'd use it for drawing, crafts, etc.
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@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
9 Dec 11
Hi joni, I'm right handed so I haven't experienced any of those you said but I know some people who have, like my friend's father. I mentioned him as a comment in LovingMyBabies response. (Kindly just read it there ) Also, my husband, who's handwriting is really stinky (hehehe!), also suspects that he may be left handed. He's using his right hand now but he told me that when he was a kid, he remembers that every time he would like to pick up something, he would always use his left hand as an impulse. And when he writes with left hand, his parents would then reprimand him to use his right hand instead, as if informing him that using his left is somewhat wrong. So now he's using his right hand and both he and I can really say that he's handwriting is not really good, in fact, even he himself finds his handwriting hard to read sometimes, LOL! I guess it's more of like "what the society wants" on why left handed people are somewhat forced to use their right hand instead. I don't know, but it's kind of like discrimination to me.
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@allknowing (69437)
• India
9 Dec 11
I was left handed but was forced into using my right hand. Now I have become ambidextrous. I write with my right hand, stitch if at all with my left hand, play badminton with my left hand, etc. All in all I am quite pleased although when I was being forced to use my right hand, I did not quite enjoy that experience.
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@alottodo (3061)
• Australia
9 Dec 11
Well I Am right handed I mean I use my right hand to write and most things but what surprises me is that I drive with my left hand! and it comes so naturally I never notice it until some one point it to me...I must have a confused brain some how.
• India
9 Dec 11
My kid is left handed. I surfed the net and found many information on the left handers. You have rightly said that they all are left brain dominant from birth. They are like any other normal right handers except there left brain commands reach them faster and rule there actions. When I consulted my pediatrician I was advised not to change the habit as they get really confued when forced to use there right hand. Yeah some teachers do force them to use right hand but I have informed his school and teachers about this and requested them not to change it.
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• Philippines
9 Dec 11
Good day, joni. Students go to school in order to learn, they are not there for the teacher's convenience. Left-handedness is governed by a recessive gene. If both parents are heterozygous right-handed or carriers of the recessive gene, they may produce a left-handed offspring, depending on what happens during fertilization or conception. Anyway, let's not tamper with nature and let the child grow up the way he was meant to. Btw, I am ambidextrous. God bless you, my friend.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
9 Dec 11
I´m lefthanded and when I was small, my father (who was a doctor and a renowned scientist) had to go to my school every beginning of the school year to say that I was to use my lefthand and not the righthand. In those days, some children had their left hands tied so they would kick off the "bad habit". Now, in my country, everyone knows that being lefthanded is as good as being righthanded and, as you say, it depends on the brain.
9 Dec 11
Hello, I have two left handed children that are very intelligent so I do not believe that this has anything to do with their brain function. Also one of those children was forced by teachers to write with his right hand and can successfully use them both! So again I do not believe this has anything to do with brain function and I hope this helps.
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• United States
9 Dec 11
Firstly, you're just a little mixed up in the hand-brain connection, but I think someone else pointed that out before me so I doubt it needs repeating. I was lucky enough to have never had teachers try and change the hand I wrote with. I knew a woman who, back when she was in school and learning to write, was hit with a ruler every time she wrote with her left hand with the claim that it was the devil's hand, so she switched to being right-hand dominant.
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@android (895)
8 Dec 11
My teachers tried their hardest to get me to use my right hand and they failed. I couldn't do it and would just put the pen back in my left hand again and write. I tell you what's strange though, I do everything else right handed! I'm only left handed at writing.
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• Southend-On-Sea, England
8 Dec 11
I'm right-handed myself, but I can remember when I was at school during the 1960s, especially earlier on, there were a significant number of kids who were left-handed and the teachers tried to make them change. Each one of these kids got very stressed by this and I feel it could perhaps have caused them unnecessary anxiety. The excuse the teachers gave was that it was bad for the heart to use the left hand! They obviously didn't think the stress/anxiety they were causing the left-handers could also be linked to heart problems.
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• India
8 Dec 11
Hi joni1215. Though I am not left handed, I have a lot of people in my family who are. My grandmother is left handed but when she was small her parents and the teachers at school forcefully changed her. According to her experience it is was very difficult to change and even now any reflex action that she does its her left hand that she does with , though she is completely right handed now. So I think the though she was forcefully changed her dominant part still remains the left and does not change.
@srjac0902 (1170)
• Italy
8 Dec 11
Yes I had my Father and my elder sister left handed. I do not knoew about my father. But the teachers were very severe with my sister and they succeeded to develop the habit to write with right hand and she exzcelled though for the manual work she was using left hand. But I never asked her what was her experience. I remember that she was very silent in the classroom, she would not speak with the teachers though she was popular with the classmates. For the Throwball match she always used her left hand.
• United States
8 Dec 11
I never heard of this happening in life. My sister and brother are lefties as well. I look at adrian when he does stuff and he looks retarded like holding a knife.
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@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
8 Dec 11
Yes it is confusing for lefthanded people to work with the right hand.. you can still see we are not really right handed because even if we point at things or make signs we do it the other way round (down to up etc) BTW we are not forced to write with our right hand to make it easier by the teachers but because it's the opinion right is better, left is evil. Weird since everything was left orientated in the beginning and the whole idea about walking at the right site, driving at the right site, writing with the right hand etc came up later. By now I use both hands, just like my kids do. I had a fight with the teacher of my (now) 8 years old son. She wanted him to be right handed too (2 years ago). According to her because it's easier since society is right handed. BTW I understood that if you are right handed you don't use the right part of your brains but the left part. I think we develop a part of our brain to use the right hand just like people will do if they are right handed and loose their right hand, start using the left.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Dec 11
I have never been through this because I am right handed but my dad when he was younger and in school was made to write right handed or he would get in trouble. He went to a Catholic school so he would get his hand hit if he tried to write with his left hand! I think that is so sad... =(
@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
9 Dec 11
The same thing happened to my friend's father. This friend of mine told me about his father being ambidextrous because when he was still in school, his teacher would hit their hands if they write with his left. So he would secretly write using his left hand but when he's in school he would write using his right. Really sad indeed! It's like discrimination!
• Philippines
9 Dec 11
Wow..new words.. i just know now that a person who can use left and right hand was ambidextrous. coz my uncle is one of them. i was always amazed with him that he can use both hands in writing and with the different task he had. when i was a child i also use my left hand to write. but so sad that i cannot manage to write both hands. maybe because i didn't practice like he does.thanks for this topic. this is what i love in myLot, i have new things everyday.
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• United States
27 Dec 11
First you have it backwards. Us lefties are right brained dominant!So they say we are more artistic. My mom would Never let Anyone make me write with my right hand. She knew if they tried, I wouldn't write at all. See I'm her second lefthanded daughter and she Knew being lefthanded wasn't a sin or a curse! So if the teacher was That lazy then she/he wasn't the teacher for me! Luckily I never had that problem. In fact in my Pre algebra class, 90% of the class was lefthanded! I think trying to change a child is harmful. It tells the child they are Wrong just because I they use their left hands. Like I said, if that were told to me, I would Just Not right. I would stop trying to learn to write. I wonder how many drop outs are just lefthander who refuse to write with theie right hands?