CNN proclaims that spelling bees are cool 

CNN has a front-page article on this year's National Spelling Bee.

I think that the spelling bee, while entertaining on a number of levels (learning about words that may have no particular reason for existing; watching parents live vicariously through their kids; watching contestants go down in flames on national TV), is a rather trivial contest. The National Geography Bee is a contest that's much more worthwhile in terms of cultivating one's general knowledge. (I participated in the National Geography Bee once in middle school; I made the first round of cuts but not the second.)


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