A student who did not know how to read until he was 13 has just received a university degree with first class honors and is planning an academic and political career.
William Carter, now 22, has severe dyslexia and dyspraxia, and was placed last in all primary school subjects and caused by not being able to read.
He was referred to the children’s mental health service because he felt lonely for being behind other students and for not being able to participate in classes.
Mr. Carter, who received free school meals, was then sent on courses to prevent him from becoming a criminal when his school attendance dropped.
He desperately tried to learn to read and write in high school, but was put back in the final grades throughout his education there.
He ended up being examined by a specialist, who gave him a diagnosis of severe dyslexia, which led him to a remarkable turnaround that saw him achieve high-level results and receive the London Schools and Black Child Award for outstanding performance.
Mr. Carter now graduated from the University of Bristol with a first class diploma in politics and international relations.
He said that learning to read and write “made the world more intelligible to me and ultimately made me more intelligible to the world”.
“Fundamentally, dyslexia has made me who I am today,” he added.
He said he felt his role at school was to be quiet to allow “smarter” students to learn.
“The fact that I, luckily and with the support of others, ‘got it’ despite the socioeconomic barriers should not justify our system and society,” he continued.
“Instead, it should challenge its basic premise – the false idea that the few who have succeeded are examples of a system working instead of a system in poor condition.”
Carter said he plans to spend his career in academia, then in politics, before “turning that observation into viable policies and policies”.
During his time at the University of Bristol, Mr. Carter attended conferences around the world, spoke at the European Parliament and received several awards for his academic performance.
He and his academic adviser, Dr. Jonathan Floyd, began to plan an initiative to make political theory more widely taught in UK high schools.
They met with gentlemen, parliamentarians, educators and government officials to seek support for the scheme, which they hope to launch soon.
Carter is now studying for a PhD in political geography at the University of California, Berkley, where he received a prestigious Fulbright scholarship.