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Reading Rainbow Cancelled



After 26 years of teaching children (literally my entire life), Reading Rainbow is being cancelled. It's not for a lack of interest, but a lack of funding for the show. NPR says the show also was victim of a “shift in the philosophy of educational television programming,” that started under Bush.

I don't know how many of you grew up in the 80's, but Reading Rainbow will be sorely missed by those of us who did have the show to thank for our early interest in reading.

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to reply to the first poster. Since you're attempting to say its too far into the Obama administration to be blaming bush for this, let me say the show was cancelled in 2006 so maybe you should actually look at facts before you comment.
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I fully agree that reruns aren't an issue. Me and my 4 1/2 year old have been watching the reruns daily for about 6 months now, and were just getting out of the 80s. By the time we looped back to the beginning, he would've either forgotten it, or been excited to see it again. (I know I love rewatching shows I enjoyed... isn't that the purpose of the whole TV on DVD market?) And as far as Reading Rainbow DVDs go, I searched this out in my desperation to keep this alive in our house. The DVDs are one episode each, at $30 a pop, or the whole series on "sale" for $3800 and change... Yikes!!! Check out my blog for my full view on the issue...
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I loved this show growing up, and I'm glad to have been able to let my eldest child watch it too. He loves the books they feature, and some of the stories have become family favourites. I'm sad my daughter won't be able to enjoy the show too. I'll have to look for the DVD's the next time I'm in the States.
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what a shame to see it go. I knew it was struggling a few years back when LeVar Burton had done an interview. It's prospects for returning were not ggod then. And I guess that was about the time it went off the air.
Just the other morning I saw the episode of where he got a custom made jacket.
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