LeVar Burton's Brilliant Defense of PBS Is a Wake-Up Call to Parents

levar burtonBig Bird isn't the only one who's miffed at Mitt Romney right now. The politician's promise to cut funding for PBS if he's elected President has also infuriated former host of Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton (and, not for nothing, what kind of a human being do you have to be to get the Reading Rainbow guy mad at you?!).

In all seriousness, though, Burton is beloved as a part of PBS history, and when he spoke out against Romney on behalf of America's children, he also spoke on behalf of millions of parents like me who value and appreciate the part PBS played or plays in their children's lives.


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And personally, I'm grateful to Burton for his impassioned defense of PBS. Because not only is he uniquely qualified to make this argument, I have to hope that at some point, Romney will actually read these words:

I am personally outraged that any serious contender for the White House would target as part of his campaign the children of America in this fashion.

Educators across the country, as well as millions of children and adults know that the programming on PBS has been responsible for significant improvements in education, literacy, math, science and life skills for generations of our children.

PBS represents .00016% of our nation's budget, yet this free resource benefits kids across all economic circumstances. Defunding PBS directly punishes the less fortunate by removing this trusted and extraordinary educational resource available to all.

On behalf of America's children, I can't stay silent. I encourage you to join me in fighting this short-sighted and frankly mean-spirited attack on our children.

Sadly, I doubt the truth of these words would sink in even if Romney did read them. PBS represents .00016% of our nation's budget?! That's it?! Somehow that knowledge makes Romney's promise seem even more sinister. What does he have against our kids?

Do you agree with LeVar Burton?

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