Famous Dyslexics: Politician Michael Heseltine

Michael Heseltine is a retired politician who spent many years in the top inner circle of the Conservative Party. He is famous for often challenging his party leader, Margaret Thatcher. He is now 81 and continues to run his businesses and advise the government.

And he is dyslexic!

Heseltine was born and raised in Wales. He was very late in learning to read, and his spelling was atrocious. As a child, he was referred to as “unacademic.” He was educated in private schools and then at Oxford, where he graduated with a second class degree. His Oxford tutor at the time called his second class degree “a great and undeserved triumph”!

Heseltine was much more concerned with politics, running for office at the university and honing his skills. Despite being known as a charismatic politician, he initially struggled with public speaking. But he had an innate drive for success, and so spent hours practicing in front of the mirror, listening to taped speeches, and even taking voice-coaching lessons.

These skills would serve him well, as he would become one of the most influential politicians in the Conservative Party.

Two of Heseltine’s children are also dyslexic, as are several of his grandchildren.

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Reading Specialist for the Easyread System, and online course specialising in helping children with reading difficulties, dyslexia, auditory processing issues and more. www.easyreadsystem.com

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Stunned, shocked, and delighted!

Dear David and Sarah,

I just wanted to let you know that Zackery started to read on his own accord from Friday.
He has been asking for it himself, we have not pushed the issue at all. Why is it such a big deal?
Well, he has never done it before. Reading was always a battle, something he did not want to do so we had to use all sorts of strategies to get him reading.
Now he is initiating, he does not moan after a few pages that its too much. He simply wants to read.
Zack picked his Oxford reading tree books, on Friday he read 6 stories in level one (of course well below his reading level at school but at least he wants to do it) and than he read The Gruffalo back to back. Twice.
Today after Easyread we read a story of level 4 from the Oxford Reading Tree.
We have a few words read from back to front, but much, much less. Also the amount of reading words that are not even there has gone down an incredible amount.

All in all, a great result so far. To be honest I have not expected this so early (just today we have done lesson 30).
Are there any suggestions or things we need to be careful of or look out for now?

Sorry to go on about this but we are stunned, shocked but most of all delighted.

Thank you so much for your help and support. I think that speaking to David has had an amazing effect on my son

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