Another Douchebag in Education This Time In Oklahoma! Or a victim of a misunderstanding?

Oklahoma Teacher Forces 4-Year-Old To Stop Writing With Left Hand Because It Is Considered “Evil”

We’re going to do a rewrite on the story were waiting to get information from the school district because they’re stating that the media is only showing half the letter and that it actually came from pediatric education.org and it was simply a recital of the history of discrimination against left handed people. We understand the school teacher resigned today September 25th 2015, as soon as we get that report from the school district we will put a rewrite on this column. Since the school district has delayed sending the full article, but gave us the web site and the story title  here is a link to the full article that the district says the teacher Karie Neely gave to Zayde’s parents. We also discovered Ms. Neely’s husband is left-handed.

http://pediatriceducation.org/2011/02/28/when-will-i-know-which-hand-she-will-use/

Was there doubt in the parents mind about what the dominate hand was? Why was the article given to the parent? Why did the teacher resign? Well the story went around the world, was the coverage fair? Was it fair that only the bad history about left-handed perceptions were publicized by the media? The article was in depth about child development and how hand dominance in early or late ages could be a sign of injury and needed further evaluation. Is that a bad thing to inform the parent about an article ftom a pediatrician written and put on a web site called pediatriceducation.org? We spoke to the school superintendent Tony Dean, he said that he wishes he can clear the air on this situation but because of FERPA laws relating to confidentiality of student records and such he was unable to comment.

220px-Alexander1256President_Barack_ObamaZayde did something evil this week in his class in Oakes Elementary in Okemah, Oklahoma. He wrote with his left-hand. That prompted a teacher to explain that the left hand was “bad” and should not be used. When his mother wrote to inquire, the teacher sent an article explaining how the left hand is associated with the devil and is deemed evil. Of course, a few left handers who seemed to do all right range from Alexander the Great to President Obama.

Rossetti Joan of ArcZayde is in Pre-K and learning to write. The teacher sent an article that explained how the left hand is deemed “unlucky,” “evil,” and “sinister.” It also noted that the devil is often portrayed as left-handed.” Indeed, while not mentioned in the article, historical figures like Joan of Arc were portrayed as left-handed to make them look more evil (though it is not clear which was her dominant hand).

Reporters were unable to speak with the Superintendent and the principal of Oakes Elementary would only say that she is aware of the situation and “hung up before we could ask any questions.”

Just for the record, here are a few of those left-handers in history:

Lloque Yapanqui Inca monarch
Ramses II, Egyptian pharaoh
Tiberius, Roman emperor
Alexander the Great
Charlemagne, Holy Roman emperor
Julius Caesar, Roman general
Napoléon Bonaparte, French emperor
Josephine de Beauharnais
King Louis XVI of France
Queen Victoria of England
King George II of England
King George VI of England
Prince Charles of England
Prince William of England
Fidel Castro, Cuban leader
Benjamin Franklin
James A. Garfield
Herbert Hoover
Harry S. Truman
Gerald Ford
Ronald Reagan
George H.W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Barack Obama

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Check out jonathanturley’s site for insightful information like his above article.

Douchebags in Law Enforcement and Education, Oklahoma is quite a state!

Email the superintendent to be heard.    tdean@okemahk12.com here is their web site.    okemahk12.com

Call them 918-623-1874 be heard! Support this little guy! Push for an investigation not to burn the teacher, but to see what is really happening!

2 thoughts on “Another Douchebag in Education This Time In Oklahoma! Or a victim of a misunderstanding?

  1. Tyler

    I’ll share my guesses to the questions you raised. I’ve been looking into this story and giving it some thought.

    >>Was there doubt in the parents mind about what the dominate hand was?

    No, I think the mother was completely sure. That’s why she contacted the teacher.

    >>Why was the article given to the parent?

    I have two guesses on this. To start with, I’m pretty sure it had nothing to do with the teacher thinking left-handed people are evil. As the superintendent has pointed out, this would likely make married life difficult for her, given that her husband is left-handed. It’s also unlikely that she would have made it through 8 years of teaching without prior incident.

    The first possibility is that she shared the article with the mother because she interpreted the mother’s question as being about WHY her son changed hands. As the article explains, this is common among children this age, and many of them switch back and forth between their hands before settling on a dominant hand when they are a little older. In this scenario, the teacher was just being helpful to find some information that might help the mother understand why this happens.

    The second possibility is that she shared the article to explain why she starts teaching all students right-handed use, at least at first. Since the article explains that children often change hands intermittently, it might be difficult for a teacher in a classroom scenario to actually even know which hand is each child’s dominant hand at the beginning. Looking at this pediatric occupational therapist’s website, we can see that plenty of parents even struggle to figure this out: http://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com/4-year-old-right-or-lefthanded.html.

    Given that we’re at the beginning of a school year, it seems plausible that the teacher might not be able to quickly discern which handedness is right for each child. Children at this age can often work comfortably with either hand, and so simply assuming that whichever one they go to first is the dominant hand might lead to inaccurate impressions. At least by using the right hands at first, you’d be mathematically likely to do the best thing for the most children. You could then watch carefully to see which students might need to change. Given that the teacher shared this article, it seems she’s aware of the challenges.

    From a teaching standpoint, a teacher might want students to do things in a consistent fashion when learning new skills, like writing letters or numbers. It could also be easier for them to visually follow a teacher who demonstrates with her right hand if they are also using their right hands. Finally, if all students work with one hand and stick with it, it could take less time for a teacher to zero in on what’s working and what isn’t. If they’re going back and forth at random when their hands get tired, it could take longer to figure out.

    >>Why did the teacher resign?

    Stress is my guess. I’ve gotten the impression that people have been accusing her of being a religious maniac and trying to pull their kids out of her class. I can only imagine this week must have been hell for her.

    >>Well the story went around the world, was the coverage fair? Was it fair that only the bad history about left-handed perceptions were publicized by the media?

    Of course not. The subject of the article was completely misrepresented. No link to the article was shared. The entire reason for national criticism has been that she’s a religious nut. There’s no evidence of this at all. We simply know that she reads pediatric publications about childhood development and makes an effort to send parents detailed information. So of course the coverage isn’t fair.

    By the way, I think the school district has been making an effort not to release her name. I think they believe this story has been unfair to the teacher, so maybe it makes sense to protect her identity. Your blog is one of very few that has actually presented this story as possibly being overblown. Most others aren’t reporting it objectively.

    Anyway, those are my thoughts. Thanks for reporting!

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