News

Life as a leftie - world day marks the benefits and blues

LEFTIES can rejoice on Tuesday as their daily plights of smudged writing and scissor difficulties are recognised.

But there is a serious side to International Left-Hander's Day, with lefties campaigning for more support and resources in education.

"Schools all over the country are generally under-resourced in meeting the needs of their left-handed students," Steve McGuirk, managing director of Sydney based store Lefty's, said.

The shop and resource centre is an advocate for left-handed people and provides support and information for parents and teachers.

About 10% of the population, according to the Victorian government's Better Health Channel, is left handed.

All of our instruments use both hands, so they (students) have to develop technique on both hands

"Simple items such as left-handed scissors and writing materials for left-handers are frequently not available or else they are being purchased by parents for their children to use at school," Mr McGuirk said.

The advocate said new national curriculum does not cover handwriting or left-handedness.

"Teachers must have the knowledge, skills and tools in the classroom to help all of their students," he said.

"Without this, the children struggle with their learning and development right from the start."

But Gladstone State High School music teacher Angie Clifton said she hasn't found left-handers to be disadvantaged.

"All of our instruments use both hands, so they (students) have to develop technique on both hands," she said.

"So it doesn't really matter if they're right or left handed."

Ms Clifton feels that teachers are generally accepting of left-handers.

"I think it is more out there now," she said.

"There's none of that you should change it (attitude). It's more like 'alright let's see what you can do'."

The way students are taught is constantly changing as technology continually updates.

It also means students are writing less and using computer mouses and keyboards more.

"Everything is going to the computer" Ms Clifton said.

"General writing skill is pretty poor I think generally because no one writes.

"So that whole left hand smudging, I don't think that's going to be as much of an issue now."

The day has been celebrated since 1976.

What students say about being a leftie

THE world is not easy for the left-handed.

Simple daily tools that work naturally for the general population like cameras, golf clubs, power tools and corkscrews can be a challenge for left-handers who are not ambidextrous.

Left handed students Alisha Benson, Tish Smith, Zahra Lawson, Mikeal Bobart, Nick McKenzie.
Left handed students Alisha Benson, Tish Smith, Zahra Lawson, Mikeal Bobart, Nick McKenzie. Brenda Strong

But it's not all bad with some definite benefits to being a left-handed, if you believe the science.

"We actually use both sides of the brain for every act we do so technically we're smarter," Gladstone State High School student Letitia Smith, 17, said.

The majority of the population is right-handed and 12-year-old Zahra Lawson notices the difference.

"It's a bit strange sometimes, I'm pretty much the only one in my class," she said.

"I'm pretty much ambidextrous because I can do a few things with my right and a few things with my left."

The brain's right side controls the left hand and tends to be associated with emotions and music with lefties considered more creative.

"I'd love to think that," Zahra said. "I like to be."

Leftie facts

  • Tony Abbott, leader of the right leaning Liberal Party, is a leftie.
  • Most children are clearly right or left-handed by the age of three.
  • Lefties can have a sporting advantage, taking the right-handed opponent by surprise.
  • 3,000 words in English can be typed entirely with the left hand. Only 300 words are entirely right-handed.
  • In the past, children who were naturally left-handed were encouraged or forced to use their right hand.
  • No research has been definitive on why people are left-handed.

Topics:  editors picks education gladstone state high school



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Notorious 'pirate' vessel on its way to Gladstone

LIVING HISTORY: Graeme Wylie on board his replica 15th century caravel Notorious. Below: The ship's iconic silhouette.

Graeme and Felicite Wylie are living the dream.

'60s rock legends set to stun with mega concert

Impersonator Eddie Daniels will be bringing his Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley show to Gladstone next month.

'Mega concert': this one is for the Elvis lovers

Former Australian Idol winner brings Irish cabaret to Gladstone

Damien Leith will be performing his show 'The Parting Glass - an Irish journey' in Gladstone later this year.

'See them crying': the show leaving crowds with mixed emotions

Local Partners

Better phone service for Gladstone's regional towns

Telstra: "This technology is delivering big benefits to these rural and regional communities”


Win a $1000

GROCERY GIFT CARD!
Learn More

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

'60s rock legends set to stun with mega concert

DRESSING up as the king of rock and roll doesn't seem like an obvious career choice.

Former Australian Idol winner brings Irish cabaret to Gladstone

Damien Leith will be performing his show 'The Parting Glass - an Irish journey' in Gladstone later this year.

'See them crying': the show leaving crowds with mixed emotions

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

Rebel Wilson fronts the media on day two of her trial.

I'm not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

New tool reveals which areas are most 'vulnerable' for renters

An aerial shot of Agnes Water main beach. According to new information, people renting in the region are more vulnerable than those in Gladstone suburbs.

Big differences between living in Gladstone and outer areas

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!