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#1
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Americans - I have a question.

Spelling bees. Are they really that much of a huge deal over there?
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no


On TV, webnetz etc they seem to be portrayed as a really important event for some reason. i just wondered.
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#4
if it makes it to ESPN Australia, yes it is.

Serious business.

They also have cheerleading on ESPN lol.
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Depends on your idea of "a huge deal". I don't think so though, I can't name the last five spelling bee champions.
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On TV, webnetz etc they seem to be portrayed as a really important event for some reason. i just wondered.


The only people that seem to care about them are the parents of the kids in the actual spelling bee.
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I love watching those Spelling Bee mess-ups on Youtube.

And American's, are kids really that smart?
#9
I won a spelling bee in 2nd grade for my county
But they didn't have enough money to send me to the state bee.
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#10
you should never think anything in America is a big deal. Really, our big deals are 4th of July, the Presidential Election, The Super Bowl, and the McRib.
#11
If you're in 3rd grade they are a big deal. If you are a pedophile they are a bigger deal.
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I love watching those Spelling Bee mess-ups on Youtube.

And American's, are kids really that smart?



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No, spelling bees are of no actual significance.
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i mean it is a big deal, but as someone pointed out, moreso to the parents and the spelling bee circle. they get a pretty great prize, i think a ton of scholarship money and its a damn nice thing to have on your resume, but other than that no one i know watches it.
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only in the UK though
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only in the UK though

Actually, I think every other english speaking country in the world.
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damn nice thing to have on your resume


I really doubt that these kids put that they won a spelling bee on their resume.
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Actually, I think every other english speaking country in the world.

And you'd lose in America if you spelled it like that. That's all that matters.
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The script's spelling bee is just a few hours of watching socially awkward, homeschooled children prove just how messed up they are mentally by spelling words that most of us have never even heard of before. Like who reads the dictionary for fun? Enjoy the massive scholarship, too bad you'll be a freak for your whole life.

/rant
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The script's spelling bee is just a few hours of watching socially awkward, homeschooled children prove just how messed up they are mentally by spelling words that most of us have never even heard of before. Like who reads the dictionary for fun? Enjoy the massive scholarship, too bad you'll be a freak for your whole life.

/rant


Not all homeschool kids are socially retarded. But you wouldn't know that because you just go by the stereotypes you see on TV.

I was homeschooled from 5th grade until highschool graduation and lived a perfectly normal life. Most states highly regulate what is taught, so it's not like the kids are going to be stupid. You have to do basically the same work that the kids in public schools do, and if you don't they make you go to school. It's that simple.

As for the social freak you spoke of, you are wrong. Yes, I sure there are a few parents who hide their children away from the real world, but they are the minority. I played sports for the local highschool, and even played in the band. Being homeschooled doesn't restrict you from doing any of those things. (At least where I live.)

As for the actual learning. I got a 4.0 my first year of college so I think that speaks for itself.

Obviously not every homeschooled kid will come out the same, and yes, there will probably be a few that are a little weird. But that is by no means the norm, and I seriously doubt that every public school kid is the king of social interaction.

Sorry for the rant, but it seriously bugs me when people think that every homeschooled kid is a socially retarded nerd who only cares about the spelling bee and avoiding talking to people.
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Most states highly regulate what is taught, so it's not like the kids are going to be stupid. You have to do basically the same work that the kids in public schools do, and if you don't they make you go to school. It's that simple.

I played sports for the local highschool, and even played in the band. Being homeschooled doesn't restrict you from doing any of those things. (At least where I live.)

So why didn't you just attend the school ya moron?
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So why didn't you just attend the school ya moron?


Because my school district sucks. My school district has a large dropout rate, and the teachers are notoriously bad. I shouldn't have said "have to do the same exact work." You can buy your own books and everything, but that's just not how we did it. Just because we were using some of the same books, doesn't mean we were learning the exact same way. Plus my mom is actually a certified teacher, so I'm sure that helped.

It also wasn't in the safest part of town and there are a lot of drug problems.

I don't see what me playing sports for the school has to do with anything. I could have played for a CYO or Rec league. I just choose to play for my old school because that's what my friends played for. And I should have made the music part clearer, I didn't play for the school, I played with kids who went to the same place I took lesson from.

Honestly, I don't understand why everyone jumps on homeschooling like it's some evil thing. Especially on the internet. It's not that strange where I live, and I never got shit for it.


I would link some material about it that I used for an essay I wrote last semester. But all the articles I used are in the school's private library, so they won't work for someone who's not a student. Sorry.

Hope that cleared some of it up.
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#28
Spelling Bees are only a big deal for Asian and Indian families.

Those are the only kids I see win anyway.
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#29
I remember the last time I was in a spelling bee was in the 4th grade and I lost on purpose because I was so damn bored of doing spelling bees in my school.
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you should never think anything in America is a big deal. Really, our big deals are 4th of July, the Presidential Election, The Super Bowl, and the McRib.


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I'd watch a spelling bee if it was on TV, the youtube vids make it look very entertaining. It would be better with adults though.
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no. only queers do them...


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#33
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no. only queers do them...


How many times have you won a spelling bee?
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Only in elementary school. I made 3rd place in my school back then... my lifes crowning achievement


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Because my school district sucks. My school district has a large dropout rate, and the teachers are notoriously bad. I shouldn't have said "have to do the same exact work." You can buy your own books and everything, but that's just not how we did it. Just because we were using some of the same books, doesn't mean we were learning the exact same way. Plus my mom is actually a certified teacher, so I'm sure that helped.

It also wasn't in the safest part of town and there are a lot of drug problems.

I don't see what me playing sports for the school has to do with anything. I could have played for a CYO or Rec league. I just choose to play for my old school because that's what my friends played for. And I should have made the music part clearer, I didn't play for the school, I played with kids who went to the same place I took lesson from.

Honestly, I don't understand why everyone jumps on homeschooling like it's some evil thing. Especially on the internet. It's not that strange where I live, and I never got shit for it.


I would link some material about it that I used for an essay I wrote last semester. But all the articles I used are in the school's private library, so they won't work for someone who's not a student. Sorry.

Hope that cleared some of it up.
the stigma (at least in my area NJ) comes because the schools in my area are excellent, and kids that are homeschooled are usually for religious reasons. So no sex ed, no evolution, etc

So those kids usually turn out pretty whacky... just like their parents
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the stigma (at least in my area NJ) comes because the schools in my area are excellent, and kids that are homeschooled are usually for religious reasons. So no sex ed, no evolution, etc

So those kids usually turn out pretty whacky... just like their parents


Yea, I know some people who do it for religious reason and it can be bad sometimes. It just gets on my nerves when people act like that's the only reason there is to homeschool.

That wasn't us though, evolution was one of my favorite subjects.


Thanks for responding, and not just going "haha moron"
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#38
I don't ever hear of them, and I'm guessing one would be hard pressed to find anyone who cares about them at all.
#39
I remember making it pretty far into my elementary school's spelling bee. I wasn't nearly as comfortable on a stage as I am now, and I choked midway through "quarter" after some horrific image flashed through my mind and spelled it "q u a r t a r" or something.


I would bathe in the blood of the innocent just to go back and make things right.


I see them on tv quite a lot, so I guess they're noteworthy (at least national and international competitions). And now I'm flashing back to that episode of Psych where Shawn and Gus are at the spelling bee and Shawn gives that girl the word "ba-nan-na"
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I see them on tv quite a lot, so I guess they're noteworthy (at least national and international competitions). And now I'm flashing back to that episode of Psych where Shawn and Gus are at the spelling bee and Shawn gives that girl the word "ba-nan-na"




That's a great episode.
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