Dr. Richard Allington, emeritus professor at the University of Tennessee, gave a talk at the Literacy Association of Tennessee's annual meeting this week in Murfreesboro, TN. I was not able to attend his session, but I heard from attendees that he said that Governor Bill Haslam should go to hell for signing the #SayDyslexia bill into law. See, Allington doesn't believe in dyslexia. He thinks it doesn’t exist. He hates the #SayDyslexia bill so much that he thinks the creator of the big should be shot.
After this information was posted on Twitter, it started to gain some momentum. The Literacy Association of Tennessee put out a statement, the International Literacy Associations responded, and even a state representative sent a statement to the University of Tennessee about this.
I have been given audio of the presentation. You can listen here. Below are some notes from the tape. I will not respond (okay, I will once) to the many inaccuracies and other outlandish statements not based on the current research.