Exciting news from LeVar Burton: He is bringing Reading Rainbow back. Many know Burton as Kunta Kinte, from ROOTS, or as Geordi La Forge, from Star Trek: The Next Generation; however, one of his most iconic roles was as himself—as a lover of literature and education—from his 1983 series Reading Rainbow. This show helped ensure that an entire generation was literate, but more than that, the show showed children the power of imagination, the power of books.
Some might scoff at literature and tut-tut imagination as a waste of time; however, it is precisely this imagination that got us to the Moon, to Mars, and beyond the edge of our solar system. But to help convince the naysayers, numerous studies reveal that children who can't read at grade level by the 4th grade are 400% more likely to drop out of high school. And as of 2011, America was the only free-market country where the current generation was less well educated than the previous. We can't sit back and hope that other people will solve these problems. Through this Kickstarter project, Burton hopes to unite people in a common goal: Educating the future. The project has already been funded on Kickstarter, but there are a lot of cool offers still up for grabs, and more money means more resources for schools and materials.
Here's why the Reading Rainbow relaunch is a good idea:
And Reading Rainbow has been proven to work. It is enjoyable and educational. It works for parents; it works for kids; it works for classrooms; it works for us all.
The App also works....
If helping educate future generations isn't enough, the project has some great giveaways that you can earn by donating to the cause. Find the Kickstarter here.