Se­na­tor dis­penses ‘arm­chair wis­dom’

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - FRONT PAGE - By Leila B. Salaver­ria @LeilasINQ

Left-handed stu­dents us­ing righthanded arm­chairs may per­form poorly in school, says Sen. Sonny An­gara, whose bill re­quires schools to have ap­pro­pri­ate chairs for left­ies.

Right-handed arm­chairs may be haz­ardous to the health and aca­demic per­for­mance of left­handed stu­dents.

This was noted by Sen. Sonny An­gara who has filed a bill re­quir­ing all schools to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate arm­chairs to left­ies to pro­mote equal devel­op­ment among stu­dents.

In a state­ment, An­gara said that left-handed stu­dents “are cur­rently left with­out a choice but to work with right-handed arm­chairs” that, he said, could af­fect their per­for­mance in school.

Ac­cord­ing to the se­na­tor, sev­eral stud­ies have in­di­cated that right-handed arm­chairs do not of­fer left-handed stu­dents the same arm sup­port, which could lead to the lat­ter get­ting back, neck and shoul­der pain.

Slower hand­writ­ing

Fur­ther, “the in­ef­fi­cient and awk­ward writ­ing po­si­tion that left-handed stu­dents must adopt in right-handed arm­chairs causes slower hand­writ­ing, plac­ing them at a dis­ad­van- tage on im­por­tant timed ex­am­i­na­tions,” An­gara said.

The se­na­tor noted the find­ings of Lauren Mil­som, au­thor of “Your Left-handed Child,” who said left-handed stu­dents were of­ten un­able to use the mouse in com­put­ing les­sons, and find sci­en­tific in­stru­ments, such as mi­cro­scopes harder to use be­cause the con­trols were on the right.

In his bill, An­gara said the gov­ern­ment could come to the aid of left-handed stu­dents by re­quir­ing all ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, both pub­lic and pri­vate, to pro­vide them “ap­pro­pri­ate” arm­chairs in the class­room.

There have been sim­i­lar moves in other coun­tries to help left-handed in­di­vid­u­als, who com­prise an es­ti­mated 10 to 15 per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion.


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