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

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

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

  1. I’m surprised folks don’t realize this was common back in the 50’s/60’s when I was in school. The nuns were infamous in doing this, but lay teachers routinely tried to do it as well. The prejudice against southpaws is more than just religious. How else could the words [a]droit and gauche[right and left in French] take on such judgmental tones in English? Hell, if your son is a southpaw teach him how to pitch. He can last in MLB until his 40’s if he stays healthy.

  2. It’s more than marginally interesting that some understand progress to be bad, liberal to be evil, intelligence to be over rated.

  3. It is marginally interesting that some romance language roots for “left” and “right” such as “sinistro/sinister” and “dextera/dexterous” have moral connotations.

  4. DavidM,
    Lol, I was thinking the same thing. I’m beginning to think JT doesn’t like Obama. 😉

  5. Notice how when humans talk politics and far sides on things they use the word “wing”? So Barry Goldwater was “right wing” and Barry Obama is “left wing”. The teacher involved is a right winger.

  6. Isaac is right. The righty/lefty dialogue goes way back.

    “Raise your right hand and repeat after me!
    I, Jack Mehoff. Do solemnly swear.. to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God.”
    Now if you just reverse some things in that then things get righted. Such as : “raise your left hand.” “never repeat after me”; and “so help me Dog.”

  7. Ninian

    It’s awkward to take out your sword with your right hand if it is on your right hip.

  8. The professor wrote: “… a few left handers who seemed to do all right range from Alexander the Great to President Obama.”

    ROFLOL. In many eschatologies, the spirit behind Alexander the Great was the Antichrist spirit known as Apollyon. He was bound in prison, but soon to be released to get behind another man more formally known as the Antichrist of the last days. Some have suggested President Obama as a candidate, and others just consider Obama to be evil. 🙂 So this argument would not be very persuasive against the teacher’s notion that left handedness represents evil. It actually has the opposite effect, of supporting her perspective. 🙂

    Perhaps it would have been more persuasive to point out that the tribe of Benjamin in ancient Israel had a very high incidence of left handed leaders, but then again, King Saul from that tribe was not known to be a very good king in the end.

  9. I see King George III is not on the list. So maybe this is the final proof he was not so bad after all.

    Presidents Garfield, Hoover and Truman were ambidextrous. James Garfield could even write Greek in one hand and Latin in the other.

    Here is an interesting link


    I have found one link suggesting that George Washington was left handed but cannot verify this. His portrait shows him with a sword on his left side.

    As far as the devil is concerned, the Oklahoma Teacher must have the freedom to believe what he/she wants He/she lives in a country where individual freedom (with scarce reference to collective freedom) is written into the declaration of independence drafted in its original form by a Left Hander.

    So the following words must have an association with the Devil if this teacher’s rational argument is to be followed:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”

  10. Extra information. Okemah, OK is Indian country. The federally recognized Muscogee Indian tribe is headquartered in Okemah.
    About 26.6% of the residents are Native American. Not sure if the Thlopthlocco (Muscogee) tribe has any influence in this matter or the school.
    Here is the tribe’s government website.


  11. Here are some right handed historical figures:

    Adolph Hitler
    Jack Mehoff
    Harold Rectum
    Alger Hiss
    Joseph Stalin
    J. Edgar Hoover
    Hoover Damn

  12. This is not a surprise. When school districts are permitted to apply a religious litmus test to teachers and their teaching plans and schools are overseen by individuals who view science and history as the enemy, the presence of “teachers” who accept and act on superstitious nonsense is to be expected.
    If this story is true, the teacher needs to be removed from the class room and a serious investigation needs to be done of the hiring practices of this school district.

  13. [music]
    He was Born! In Oklahoma!
    His wife’s name was Betty Lou Thelma Liz.
    He’s not responsible for what he’s doing.
    His mother made him what he is!

    Oh, its up against the wall Redneck Mothers!
    Mothers who have raised a son so well.
    He’s 34 and drinking in honky tonks.
    Kickin hippies arses and raising hell.

  14. Here is the staff directory for Oakes Elementary in Okema: http://www.okemahk12.com/staff-directory

    It’s times like this that I think that Oliver Wendell Holmes might be right about stupidity being society’s downfall. Obviously this teacher doesn’t understand the harm caused by forcing a left-handed student to use his right.

  15. Why isn’t the teacher identified by name? Why not some investigative journalism my the initial source? Some of us actually do like to do our civic duty and write and complain about these things. Even though I could not find a website for this school district, I would have at least liked to send the principal a letter of complaint.

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