Bees are back

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.

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Comments

  1. When the product of these policies hits the real world, they are in for esteem-busting par none. Inclusiveness and parity will stop at graduation.

    It is pretty apparent that the people that come up with these policies have never had to work in a truly competitive job market.

    AK

  2. Caffeinated Curmudgeon says:

    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.

    The district’s reasoning may be wrong, but their result of awarding a “certificate of participation” isn’t.

    Kids get high school colors jackets or other memorabilia for merely participating in the sports teams, bands and other extracurricular activities. They don’t all get the top ranking “letter” awards, but they get the jacket. At least that was the general practice back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

    I see no reason not to reward kids with some memorabilia if they have enough gumption, courage and ambition to participate.

    Shakespeare said it best:

    Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
    But he’ll remember with advantages
    What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
    Familiar in his mouth as household words
    Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.

    Everybody can’t all be Harry, Bedford, Exeter and the rest. But everybody who was there can remember with pride that they were there.

  3. Lou Gots says:

    Cato the Elder used to say that he who robs virtue of honor, robs youth of virtue.

  4. thank a lot!
    school colors jackets or other memorabilia for merely participating in the sports teams, bands and other extracurricular activities. They don’t all get the top ranking “letter” awards, but they get the jacket. At least that was the general practice

  5. thanks