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Victim of misguided policies and lowered expectations.


I am not that incensed by the end of the show; perhaps it could and in my opinion should continue but it has enjoyed a terrific, long run. I rather celebrate that it touched individual children's lives in small ways that cumulatively helped enrich generations. What really caused me to frown was the why's. I heard about the show's cancellation over NPR which explained part of the reason was reduced funding but also due to a shift in education policy over the years. The emphasis has been to refocus on promoting the very basics of literacy rather than engendering enthusiasm for reading. (So the hope is to bolster failure by robbing success from elsewhere?) There should have been a dual emphasis on teaching fundamentals EARLY and encouraging a love of reading for life which is what RR accomplished so beautifully.

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I agree with you.

BTW, check this post out.

I made this in honor of the show:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085075/board/thread/146849602


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From what I had heard years ago, Reading Rainbow had been on its way out since the mid-90s. It wasn't as much of a money maker as Sesame Street and Barney, so less and less money was being allocated for the show (despite how dirt cheap it was to make). There were some episodes that were actually being funded by private donors because they couldn't get the money elsewhere.

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Looks like you forgot to take your anti-retard pills again.

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According to LeVar Burton the passage of "No Child Left Behind" was what really killed Reading Rainbow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi8adI4e2Lk

https://www.google.com/#q=No+Child+Left+Behind+Reading+Rainbow

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