Throughout history, there was not a lot of consideration for left-handers when designing furniture, desks in particular. In fact there was little support for left-handed people; they were thought to be cursed by the devil, even in the 20th century. Parents and teachers alike would tie down a student’s left hand to force the child to use their right hand. Schools are a little more thoughtful today by having a small percentage of desks in each classroom to accommodate left-handers.
Kelly: I remember struggling with the right-armed desks in elementary school. It was always awkward and annoying to work at the righty desks. As I got older I got good at finding the 1 or 2 lefty desks/class that were usually available. I’ve noticed in my son’s 1st grade class that they have the desks that open from the front so there isn’t a left/right issue for him. It seems to me like there are more left-handers than when I was in school.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.