Editorial: Left hand accommodations

Approximately 10% of people around the world are left-handed. In a society dominated by right-handed writers, lefties often find themselves at a disadvantage. However, although these individuals may be minorities, that does not mean they should be denied certain privileges that are often taken for granted by their right-handed counterparts, especially in a learning environment.

Left-handed writers may face minor inconveniences on a daily basis, from not being able to use most scissors to smudging their writing every time they use a pen. People who constantly smear their writing can try pens with fast-drying ink, like the Uni-Ball Jetstream or Sharpie pens.

Although Schreiber doesn’t use arm desks, which are specifically designed for right-handed students,  many high schools and universities do. This can prevent left-handed students from sitting comfortably and being able to take notes properly. In some cases, lefties can even experience backaches from having to sit at such desks.

Many schools are gradually transitioning to become more accommodating for lefties, but Schreiber has yet to come to this realization. Most mouses in our computer labs are designed exclusively for right-handed students. Therefore, left-handed students are forced to adjust to these school settings that are not built for them. As a result, lefties can experience more difficulty while using school computers. This, in turn, can cause them to finish online assignments at a slower rate than other students.

Schreiber should not turn a blind eye towards its left-handed students and make a larger, conscious effort to provide more accommodation for them. Such changes can lead left-handed students to reach their full potential.