Time to confess. I too am left-handed. I bat right, pitch either way (poorly), and brush my teeth right-handed. But I can't write right-handed for the life of me.
Sinisterially, Ort. Carlton in Oft-Backwards Athens, Georgia.
Since a number of us above have referred to being "sinister" I have a professorial urge to explain to those who are so unfortunate as not to have had two years of Latin required
for graduation from high school.
, the word for left
; the word for right
. Of course we all know the common English meanings of 'sinister' and 'dexterous'. Requiring Latin facil
itated (quite literally
!) the acquisition of advanced English vocabulary, complex structure, and made it a snap to learn the other Romance languages.
As an educator one of my great frustrations is the tragic lack of vocabulary and language skills among the modern products of our public schools. As an wxample, not 1 in 50 can define properly the meaning of 'frontier
'; most all simply babble something about Captain Kirk or 'cowboys & indians'!
My reading of written assignments reveals extensive use of pidgins
and only simple tenses. I'd pass dead away if ever I saw the proper use of the past perfect or imperfect; if ever I should see the subjuctive out of one of these creatures I would expect a stampede of admissions counselors from Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford coming for the kid!
Presently, we spend more per pupil on public education than every country save for Switzerland and we are told we don't spend enough. Now the push is giving each student a Wi-Fi enabled laptop for classroom use.
Frankly, it was bad enough when the Columbine tragedy somehow bestowed upon students 'the right'
to carry cell-phones; now, however - to borrow from my 'limited to 140 character unfortunates'
, giving them machines like these, enabled by Wi-Fi, is like giving them an M-16 to trim their toenails. The inevitable result is a bloody mess.
How can today's teachers possiblt compete for the classroom
attention of students with Wi-Fi enabled I-Phones and MacBooks? Tragic, but true; they simply cannot. And, the Road to Hell is paved with ... ? The Rubicon is crossed; alia iacta est
Sorry for the rant, but I am left-handed, right-brained, and truly sad.