Spelling bees are in fashion.
Education Gadfly reports on the Rhode Island district that cancelled its bee to protect students self-esteem and then reinstated it after an outcry.
Still terrified about what the bee would do to students’ self esteem (as the bee, of course, is about “some kids being winners, some kids being losers”), the district awarded every student a certificate of participation. Did Johnny spell apple with a Q? No problem—everyone is a winner! Sarah McGill correctly spelled “vegetarian” to advance to the state finals.
Her self-esteem is just fine.