But you don't have to take my word for it.
August 28, 2009 6:01 AM Subscribe
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Whether you grew up checking out books like Louis the Fish
and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
from the library every week, or you just know Steve Horlick's iconic theme song
, you're probably familiar with Reading Rainbow
, which ends its 26-year run today
Funding has dried up to renew the show's broadcast rights due, in part, to a sea change
in the philosophy of teaching reading on television: while Reading Rainbow
promoted the idea of reading, some educators today would prefer that programming focus on the mechanics of reading. Others
, though, say that the place for such instruction is in the classroom.
And although host LeVar Burton
left the show in 2007, citing philosophical differences
with the program's new owners, Educate, Inc.
, parent company of Sylvan Learning Centers
and Hooked on Phonics
, he hints
that he's working on adult-targeted webisodes of a similar program.
Episodes of Reading Rainbow
will still be available for the home and classroom, and there are plans to expand the Young Writers and Illustrators Contest