Ex-Bristol student unable to read at 13 now studying for PhD

'I was unable to read at 13, now I'm studying for a PhD'

3/4/2021 12:15:00 AM

'I was unable to read at 13, now I'm studying for a PhD'

William Carter, now studying in California, struggled academically until his dyslexia was diagnosed.

William Carter says learning to read made him "more intelligible to the world"A student who could not read until he was aged 13 has graduated from university with a first class degree and is now studying for a PhD.William Carter, 22, has severe dyslexia and dyspraxia and was mocked because he could not read at primary school.

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His grades improved rapidly after his dyslexia was diagnosed.Mr Carter achieved a degree in politics and international relations from the University of Bristol and is now studying in the United States."Learning how to read and write made the world more intelligible to me and, ultimately, made me more intelligible to the world," he said.

"Fundamentally, dyslexia made me who I am today."image copyrightimage captionMr Carter is now studying for a PhD at the University of California, BerkeleyMr Carter, from Southwark, south London, has been awarded the London Schools and the Black Child outstanding achievement award. headtopics.com

He hopes to become a professor of political theory and black geographies, and then go into politics to change "a system in disrepair"."The fact that I, through luck and the support of others, 'made it' in spite of social-economic barriers shouldn't justify our system and society," Mr Carter said.

"I think above all, being an underrepresented demographic has made me aware of one thing."When you are really struggling you are a problem, or rather part of the 'rule', whereas when you have made it you are an inspiration, or 'an exception to the rule'."

Mr Carter is studying for a PhD in political geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.His work there includes the origins of racialisation in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.While at Bristol, Mr Carter and his academic adviser Jonathan Floyd started an initiative, to get political theory taught more widely in UK secondary schools, which they hope to launch soon.

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Well done! I guess you don’t need to know how to read to do PhD on “origins of racialisation” 😀 Why the fuck is this news? Just shows how easy a degree is; as couldn't read. So how did they pass any exam to be qualified to enter Uni? Study must be on audio tape. Sounds Pinocchio to me; happy to acknowledge studying; but the rest seems porkies.

I'm delighted for you? Yeah, but can he read yet? Good on him! This shows that nothing can truly hold you back. Lord_Sugar left school with nothing and he's dyslexic and worth £1200 million...I'm dyslexic I wouldn't read in secondary school,I left school at 16 and bought a hand cart,you know what I'm worth now? ..feck all and I still own for the hand cart..

Good for him but why is there even a ‘Black Child outstanding achievement award’? Heard a bit of the story on Today. Couldn’t see the lad but I knew he was BAME and that the uni was in US. Otherwise the BBC wouldn’t have bothered with it. Yesterdays news Good on him!! well done will Zzzzzzz, next story The trans Atlantic slave trade ‘ey... The selling of black people to white people by mainly black people, yet somehow white people shoulder all of the hatred.

Heard this guy this morning, what an achievement... Well done and best wishes Lots of kids fail at school then they achieve Studying the origins of racialisation in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. I knew there would be a race angle shoe horned into this story somewhere. Well done BBC 👍 Love this story and it about a person with drive,ambition,drive and hard work. An example how an individual can overcome setbacks. An example to other people.

Let's celebrate if he gets it Yawn 🥱 Val down the road told me a better story I was unable to drive at 13 now i drive to work everyday,donations direct by paypal please thank you very much