|Dyslexia and visual count|
Norman wonders, sardonically, how her claim that she finds it hard to read paperwork can square with her educational achievements as a classicist who graduated from one of the most famous colleges at an elite university after, presumably, mastering among the most difficult texts in existence:
"It has clearly blighted her life. But for dyslexia, indeed, she might have been able to study one of the more challenging linguistic disciplines at one our finest universities. Sadly, due to the ravages of dyslexia, Charlotte Leslie had to content herself with taking a Classics degree - and is anything in the literary canon easier to master than an Aeschylean chorus? It’s the ancient Greek equivalent of Green Eggs And Ham by what the dyslexic classicist might misread as Dr Zeus - at Balliol College, Oxford."
The idea that a dyslexic will not be intelligent enough to study classics is wrong in so many ways as the following links show (I'm indebted to Pauline Hanesworth, the HEA’s Academic Development Officer for Equality and Diversity, for these). Back in 2006, Kate Channock described in the journal Literacy how a dyslexic student benefited from teaching himself ancient Greek. Dyslexia Scotland's guide to Classics sets out the traditional barriers, how to overcome them, and the strengths of learning classics as a dyslexic. This posting gives a parent's perspective on how dyslexics can benefit from studying classics.
- An update (Monday 22nd April): last Friday's letters in the Independent includes a response from Kathy Moyse (scroll down to "Dyslexic people really can do degrees") challenging Matthew Norman's suppositions about dyslexics studying "literate subjects".