Butterfly In The Sky: LeVar Burton Launches Kickstarter To Bring Reading Rainbow To The Internets

May 28, 2014


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.

  • Donna Westbrook

    For the children :)

  • adsfasdf

    why bring back reading rainbow? why not make his own book thing?

  • zin

    My grammy (may she rest in peace) couldn't read but still had a full life. I think it's the other way around; it's LITERACY that's causing so many problems! So ditch school & smack any kids you find picking up books or headed for libraries. DO YOUR PART!!!

    Seriously though, if you're illiterate, just get married & become a housewife/husband.

  • Joel Salazar

    the goal and then some was reached in less than 10 hours! I gave them $5.00. Its not much but Reading rainbow brings back lots of childhood memories.

  • ShartInYourJacuzzi

    This is obviously a liberal ploy, since illiterates are far more likely to be republicans #Benghazi #Obummer

  • MustacheHam

    This seems like a nice idea to give the help to those in need to learn to read. ;)

    Too bad this infographic doesn't really provide demographic (by state) details because it may help as focus points for more advertisement of reading program groups.

  • Royalblueduck

    Oklahoma could really use this, however I imagine the Governor Mary Fallin would find a way to veto it...

  • dingusthemonique

    This is somewhat unrelated but I have never had a pleasant experience with an adult that can't read. They always seem to be the most stubborn pain in the ass people that depend on other people to do the simplest things for them but refuse to learn how to read out of pure spite and lack of self confidence. If you can't tell the difference between the words YES and NO, your just not trying at all.

  • asdfasdfasdf

    meh, if they can't read by 4th grade reading rainbow online won't help. i kinda get the feeling those kids are the same 1 in 4 who don't have internet in the first place anyway

  • Gingerbread

    Sorry but I already donated for the Derek Zoolander School for Kids Who Can't Read Good

  • cock stain

    Why the hell wouldn't he just try to bring back next generation?

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