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.share