In Summary
  • What is not in dispute is that being left-handed has a major influence on one’s mental and physical development.
  • Lefties seem to make exceptional leaders, inventors, artists, musicians and communicators.

Today is the International Left-Handers Day.

First observed on August 13, 1976, it promotes awareness of the inconveniences faced by left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world.

Research shows that about seven to 10 per cent of the world's population is left-handed.

Many of them have to adapt to use right-handed tools and objects, and the day’s objective is to spread awareness about the special needs of left-handed children.

As Kenya introduces the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), the discourse of how this will affect left-handed people has once again come to the fore.

The CBC is designed to emphasise the significance of developing skills and knowledge and how to apply those competencies to real life situations. This means that the new system is modelled to give learners a practical experience in a specific field.


But does left-handedness affect how a learner acquires skills and knowledge, especially now that we are moving into a regime where more emphasis is on competencies as opposed to mere knowledge of the skills and attitudes?

Simply put: Is there a correlation between left-handedness and a person’s intelligence quotient (IQ).

Some people claim that left-handed people are more intelligent than their right-handed counterparts, but scholars have taken different positions on this.

Some scholars argue that left-handed people are more likely to have IQs over 140 vs right-handed people, while some studies hold that lefties are more likely to be schizophrenic, alcoholic, dyslexic, and delinquent; yet others have found out that lefties make up more of the extremely gifted and more of the severely compromised.

Righties fall in the middle. The intellectual discourse can go on and on, but left-handedness has continued to draw humanity’s attention for centuries.


What is not in dispute is that being left-handed has a major influence on one’s mental and physical development, which is why our educational experts need to factor in this group in their strategy.

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