The End of a Classroom Favorite: RIP Weekly Reader

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

School photos, classroom, school supplies, pencils, students (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Before blogs, Twitter, and the constant buzzing of the 24-hour news cycle, many students' main source of news was not found online or in bulky newspapers, but in the form of the classroom magazine, Weekly Reader. It brought current events into classrooms from 1902 until this past Monday, when Scholastic announced that the publication was being discontinued.

At its peak, Weekly Reader reached two-thirds of all elementary school students, but recently subscriptions had fallen significantly. As a child, journalist Evan Weiner was an avid Weekly Reader fan. Today he remembers reading the publication in his elementary school classrooms. 


Evan Weiner

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