In what has become an annual tradition, the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
A total of 278 spellers competed, among them 136 boys and 142 girls ages 6-15 from across the nation and around the globe. The spellers range in age from 6 to 15 years old, but 84% are between the ages of 12 and 14 years old. The finalists can be found here and their achievements are certainly noteworthy. This is not anything like the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the hilarious Broadway show, which spoofs the spelling bee tradition.
This is serious business.
My colleague, Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman, is a Harvard sociologist who studies beauty pageants, childhood and parenting, competition, and education. In fact, we met when she was writing her PhD and she was observing our New York City public school’s nationally ranked chess team–PS 116–on which my sons played. Here’s a link for her take on this year’s Bee.
Do your kids compete in activities? How do they handle it? How do you handle it when they win or lose?