October 15, 2009
Reading Rainbow comes to the end of its 26-year run on Friday [August 28]; it has won more than two-dozen Emmys, and is the third longest-running children’s show in PBS history — outlasted only by Sesame Street and Mister Rogers.
Grant says the funding crunch is partially to blame, but the decision to end Reading Rainbow can also be traced to a shift in the philosophy of educational television programming. The change started with the Department of Education under the Bush administration, he explains, which wanted to see a much heavier focus on the basic tools of reading — like phonics and spelling.
Grant says that PBS, CPB and the Department of Education put significant funding toward programming that would teach kids how to read — but that’s not what Reading Rainbow was trying to do.
So yeah, phonics, the thing that literally funded my graduate education in reading has killed my favorite childhood reading show. It’s a full circle moment.
October 12, 2009
My beautiful college computer: still at least 75% functional and good enough to get me onto the internet. No word so far.
October 12, 2009
My house was burglarized a few hours ago. I was expecting much worse, but all they took was my laptop. I reported the serial number and there is a tag number to the suspect so we’ll see. I know that’s a lot more that most people have when they get burgled.
I hope you come home.
October 12, 2009
Sivada Pumpkin Cupcake, Jacksonville, Florida
October 11, 2009
Today I’m at work, and it’s been very quiet (a fact that we will pay for tomorrow), but last weekend I went on a road trip to Jacksonville. I had been planning to renew my lay speaking certification by taking the required 10 hour class that was offered in Crawfordville about a month ago, but it conflicted with my work schedule. Most of the classes are offered on two consecutive Saturdays, which does not work with the way my work works :). So they were offering one more class this year in Jacksonville on Friday night and Saturday all day. I could go to that and only have to take a few hours off from work instead of a whole day. They had a spot left in the advanced “You Can Lead Worship Class.”
I left work at 3 on Friday to get there in time for the 6:30 start time. And I was able to spent my down time that day planning what I could do with my extra time while I was there. I even considered getting the hotel room for 2 nights so that I could visit the young adult ministry at one of the Big Churches and go to the Fort Caroline National Memorial, but my cheapness won out and I decided that would have to wait until next time.
But here’s what I did get to do.
1. I went to the class. It was mediocre to bad, I am sad to say. And I guess that’s mainly because I did not learn very much. The content level was only slightly higher than confirmation class. And the tone was so pessimistic, whining about how no one wants to got to worship service and no one ever listens to what the pastor says. And things like spending at least a half hour talking about acrostics that have to do with prayer (PUSH= Pray until something happens…groan.) On the positive side I am encouraged by the number of people seeking leadership development, and how course there are the people in general who are just the best part of the operation: the leaders and the participants, kind and generous and with great stories and testimonies.
2. I decided to skip the provided lunch so that I could go to “Cozy Tea.” Which was a bit pricey and caused me to be late back to class, but was totally worth it. Best Scone EVER!!!
3. After class I went to the bank, because they have Compasses in Jacksonville so I was able to make a night deposit. Then I went to the Cupcakery. Read the rest of this entry »