LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow just launched a Kickstarter campaign to "Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere" by putting the show on the web, creating specialized classroom versions, and delivering it free to schools in need. Did you know 1 out of 4 American children today will grow up illiterate? That's mind-boggling. Not to mention the other 60% that will only be able to read and write in text-talk.
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
These problems won't solve themselves. Real change will require us all to work together. We cannot afford to lose generations of children to illiteracy. And if we work together, we don't have to.
I knew it! I knew the upcoming generation was less educated! Honestly, I was hoping it was just my own crotchety opinion, but if Geordi La Forge says it, it's true. You can check out all the Kickstarter rewards for donating at the official page, which include subscriptions to the app, tote-bags, t-shirts, bumper stickers and mugs. If you're really rich you can even get LeVar to follow you on Twitter, leave you a voicemail, or go out to dinner. Now -- everybody sing it with me! ♫ Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high, take a look, it's in a book, it's...a page I ripped from a nudie magazine? ♫ I forgot I was hiding it there! I'll be in the bathroom.
Keep going for the Kickstarter video.
Thanks to jacie, Picture Pages (okay now you're really bringing back memories) and Tom R, who agree everybody should learn how to read, because without reading, a Geekologie article is just a picture and a bunch of wingdings.