An MP with a reading age of eight spoke of his struggles growing up with dyslexia.
Peter Kyle said he felt “humiliated” by a teacher who failed to support him despite being aware of the difficulties he was facing due to his dyslexia.
The Labor MP for Hove revealed that while he was ‘socially friendly enough and quite active and capable’ at school, he struggled in class.
He said teachers “didn’t quite know what to do with me”, and revealed he would spend time in an end-of-school class practicing “repeating” shapes on the blackboard.
The current Shadow Northern Ireland secretary was only diagnosed with dyslexia in his mid-twenties when he attended the University of Sussex.
In an interview with GB News’ Gloria de Piero, Mr Kyle, who is eight years old to read, shared a lasting memory of being humiliated by a teacher, which caused him to “disconnect” from school. education.
He said, “There was a time when a teacher got up, and we were in English, and we were doing Shakespeare.
“And all of a sudden, even though we weren’t reading out loud, and we were just reading the text and talking about the text, the teacher said, ‘Peter, why don’t you get up and read this chapter? ‘
“And I was so shocked because the teacher would have known very well that I was not able to do it and asked me to do it. And the teacher was falling over laughing as I did it one word at a time with a pause and got the words wrong.
“But I vividly remember looking around the room and there were a few kids giggling, but most of the kids were with me, you know, they were just as humiliated as I was.”
It was only after several years of working at the Body Shop that Mr. Kyle decided to go to college after the encouragement of a colleague.
At the University of Sussex, he said he “learned to learn again” again at 25 and was diagnosed with dyslexia.
He also talked about his mother’s experience leaving her father and how she “disappeared” with her father’s best friend.
He described the experience as “a difficult time” and said it “took a long time to make peace” with his mother, who died of lung cancer in 2012.
“I have fond memories of her. I so wish she was here to see me now because she never found it difficult to express her pride in her children, me and my brother,” he said. he declares.
“And that’s something that I think she would have been very proud of, the career opportunities that I’ve had and some of the success that I’ve had in public life. And I would have liked her to see it because she was part of it.”
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This notice was published: 2022-05-04 23:01:00