Jonathan Mooney is a dyslexic writer who only learned to read at age 12. He graduated from Brown University and holds an honors degree in English Literature. He was a national Rhodes scholarship finalist and won the prestigious Truman Scholarship for graduate studies in creative writing and education.
From an article he wrote at Additudemag.com, he said:
“What do good kids do at a school desk? Have compassion for other children? No. Be kind to other children? No. They sit still! It’s unbelievable that, at seven years old, we learn that ‘good’ does not mean being kind, but being compliant. That’s socialization, not education.
The idea that good kids sit still didn’t go over well with me. When I sat at a school desk — in the first grade and at Brown University — my hands started to sweat and my face turned red. After five seconds, my foot started to tap; after 15 seconds, I busted out the drums. And after five minutes, it was all over. I was the kid who would try to put his leg behind his neck. Even now, when I sit at a dinner ‘desk’ in a New York City restaurant, I’m that kid all over again.
It’s been a long, hard road to get to where I am today, but I’m here — a twice-published, dyslexic author, an energetic public speaker, a father — because of my enthusiasm, my awareness of others, and responsibility to make the world a better place for that kid.”