megotelek: (penny halo)
After twenty-six years, Reading Rainbow is going off the air. Apparently teaching kids how to read is more important than teaching them the love of reading, according to the powers that be.




Linda Simensky, vice president for children’s programming at PBS explained that PBS felt that the mechanics of reading, not teaching the love of reading, should be the priority. “We’ve been able to identify the earliest steps that we need to take,” she said. “Now we know what we need to do first. Even just from five years ago, I think we all know so much more about how to use television to teach.”


That's just sad. I learned to read when I was very young (honestly, I don't remember not being able to read) and I watched Reading Rainbow religiously. I loved the show, partly because it exposed me to new books, and partly because it was hosted by Geordi LaForge LeVar Burton. I also watched Star Trek: TNG religiously...

Which is why I remember one episode of Reading Rainbow in particular:

megotelek: (hulk jack smash)
*sniff*

Ricardo Montalban dies at 88.

Gonna have to watch Star Trek II tonight...

Somewhat amusingly, that article doesn't mention his role as Khan at all, and that is who Ricardo Montalban was to me (never watched Fantasy Island, really, but when I did I was always confused about Khan granting people wishes or whatever).


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