The 5 Habits Framework

1) Evidence (How do I know what's true?)

2) Perspective (Who might think differently?)

3) Connections (What other areas of knowledge are connected?)

4) Supposition (How might it be different if..?)

5) Significance (Is this important?)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Writing with The Evil Hand

Teacher Forces 4 Year Old to Change Hands When Writing

A child in Oklahoma was told to stop writing with his left hand, because it had associations with evil.

1)  What evidence might be most convincing that one hand is better than another?  To what degree can we judge the historical record on this subject?

2)  Why might a baseball player feel differently about this story than an author?  Why might Paul McCartney feel differently than Barack Obama?

3)  In what ways is this connected to art?  To what degree is this connected to recess?

4)  How might this have been different if it was pro-left-handedness?  The same?

5)  Is this significant to you?  What are the basic assumptions about "handedness"?  What are the long-term effects of this story on the child?    

Extension Activities:

1)  Students can create an "Opposite Hand Day" and journal their experiences.

2)  Students can chart the handedness of their classmates and compare it national characteristics.  They can then make predictions about the future.


  1. what ways would being left handed make you evil?

  2. In what ways might this be even remotely related to the devil or sin.

    1. Traditionally through linguistics....check out the word "sinister":)

  3. If you put your self in the teachers perspective and think about her back ground how do you know she didn't grow up thinking that?

  4. How would a author think differently than an artist? A typist?

    1. Good direction. Is typing eliminating the need for "handedness" in general?

  5. To what degree does it matter that a hand is better than another? How would a person react if they were told that they were a devil or was sin?

    1. Interesting. In what ways might it manifest psychologically?