My left hand is not my right hand

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My left hand is not my right hand

Postby Henri De Ceredigion » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:19 pm

I am watching the BBC drama "The Village" and would like to know why "my left hand is not my right hand" would lead to punishment in an Edwardian school?



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Re: My left hand is not my right hand

Postby Midland Spinner » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:13 am

I didn't watch the drama but wonder whether the sentence is actually "My left hand is not my write hand". Children were often punished for writing with their left hand.



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Re: My left hand is not my right hand

Postby Henri De Ceredigion » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:58 pm

Midland Spinner wrote:I didn't watch the drama but wonder whether the sentence is actually "My left hand is not my write hand". Children were often punished for writing with their left hand.


No, it was written on the chalkboard as right hand



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Re: My left hand is not my right hand

Postby Merlon. » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:17 pm

The Elementary Education Act 1880 provided for compulsory education for 5–10 year olds, the start of state education. Victorians thrived on conformity, pupils were "strongly discouraged" from using their left hand.
As late as 1938 my mother had her left hand tied behind her back to prevent her using it to write. Even in 1960s whilst I was school using the left hand marked you out as a bit odd, though thankfully I never experienced the discrimination my mother did.



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Re: My left hand is not my right hand

Postby Miss Costello » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:03 pm

I was born in 1973, my sisters were 10 and 11 years older than me. I was the first child in the family 'allowed' to write with my left hand.

My writing is appalling, unless I use a fountain pen!

It was very much frowned upon to allow children to use their left hands..I can see why when I use a dip pen.

Still wanted to punch that teacher though... :D




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