I was watching IGN's recap of the whole "Clerks" saga, and at the end they played the theme song to "Reading Rainbow" over the credits, and it brought back a whole flood of wonderful memories. Apparently LeVar Burton has struggled to get funding for several years now, with production down to 4 or 5 episodes a year. The reason? PBS no longer wants to get behind a show without merchandising tie-ins. No wonder today's children have the problems they do and education is failing in this country. Never has children's programming been more slickly produced, nor more useless. "Reading Rainbow", "Square One TV", "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" and the like were never slickly produced but they were real, substantial, and memorable. I bet a large majority of today's twenty-somethings know these shows by heart. They had real impact. How many wonderful books did I find through "Reading Rainbow" when I was little? How many complex issues did it introduce to me in a way I could understand? And it's struggling while shows like Power Rangers endure? When Burton spoke at his alma mater (USC) back in 2003, the student body spontaneously launched into the theme song. What shared experience will today's kids have with something so positive? I should tape all the episodes while they're still on now so if I ever have children they will have something decent to watch. Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high Take a look, it's in a book, it's Reading Rainbow! I can go anywhere! Friends to know and ways to grow - Reading Rainbow. I can be anything! Take a look, it's in a book - Reading Rainbow.