A boyhood problem with dyslexia led Gov. Gaston Caperton to appreciate the benefits of reading, and he says elementary school pupils should switch off their televisions and pick up books.

During a visit Friday to Pratt Elementary, Caperton told pupils he had difficulties during his school years because of dyslexia, a learning disability that affects how the brain processes written material. Dyslexics often transpose letters, words, numbers and other things they read.Caperton said he was lucky because his problem was discovered when he was a third-grader and he was able to overcome it.

"All of you, be sure you learn how to read. It will open up the world for you," he said, advising the pupils against watching too much television.