Pupils should be given spoken as well as written exams to prevent left-handed children falling behind, a leading headmaster has suggested.Aha! A new 'victim' group to provide special favours for! Won't the Righteous be delighted?
Anthony Clark said left-handers may benefit from oral exams in subjects such as English and history because they find writing awkward, reducing their chances of achieving good grades.That sounds suspiciously like the 'blind people have excellent hearing to compensate for their lack of sight!' old chestnut, which must really aggravate blind people who are now expected to become Matt Murdock...
Spoken exams would give left-handed pupils a chance to shine because they hone their verbal skills to compensate for difficulties with writing.
Mr Clark, head of Malvern College, proposed the idea ahead of a conference on left-handedness to be held at the school next week.There's a conference for this..?
Mr Clark said he had observed left-handed pupils having greater difficulty producing legible script than right-handers.So this is all supposition, based on what you've observed. It doesn't appear that you've even spoken to any of these pupils, or you've have a heartwrenching anecdote to share with us...
'When I see students writing, sometimes with difficulty - and many left-handers have difficulty with script - one imagines that they write less and therefore perhaps achieve lower grades than those who write more, because they have simply put less on paper,' he said.
He said: 'I understand that 11 per cent of the world population is left-handed and believe that left-handers have had a disproportionately significant impact on the development of the world. Why is this?So, you think that being left-handed is a handicap that holds pupils back in exams, yet they have a disproportionate effect on the world's development?
'Is it because they feel constrained by the right-handed world in which they live?
'Is it that they perceive the world is against them and they seek inventive ways in which to manage the environment which confounds them?'
Sounds more to me like exams are no judge of success, Mr Clark...