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It's never too early to learn your teacher isn't always right.

Are we living in the 21st century? A pre-K teacher at Oakes Elementary School in Okemah, Oklahoma, doesn't seem to be. When she spotted one of her four-year-old students writing with his left hand she instructed him to use his right and later sent a letter to his mother in which the teacher called left-handedness "unlucky," "evil," and "sinister."

"There are numerous instances of left-handedness being associated with wickedness. For example, the devil is often portrayed as left-handed, and people throw salt over their left shoulder to ward off the evil spirits that dwell there," the note said. The boy's mother complained to the school, but after no action was taken against the teacher she had her son moved to a different class. Considering the company her son keeps with fellow lefties Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, John Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Spike Lee, Paul McCartney, Babe Ruth, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Pablo Picasso, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Leonardo Da Vinci (not to mention the teacher's husband!) that seems like the smart thing to do.

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Title Annotation:pre-K teacher opposes left-handedness; Given the Evidence
Publication:The Humanist
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U7OK
Date:Nov 1, 2015
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