Should the Spelling Bee Replace American Idol?

Suzanne Murray
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Can you spell Laodicean? Well, maybe you can now after seeing it here. But until it was one of the words on this past week's Spelling Bee, I had never even heard of it before. The word means "lukewarm or indifferent, particularly in matters of politics or religion."

It's also the word that won 13-year-old Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, $40,000 in cash and prizes in the 82nd Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee last week. Shivashankar lasted 15 rounds and beat out 292 other spellers (a record for the annual competition).

She also spelled words such as "phoresy," "hydrargyrum" and "huisache." Hmm .. so much for spell check—it's telling me I spelled all of those wrong!

"This has been my dream for so long; I've always wanted to win the bee," Shivashankar told CNN. "I was just really excited when I was able to go up and spell the last word."

Some people think these spelling bee competitions might be too much for kids—like any other intense competition that sort of takes over their lives. But what if bees replaced something, like say, American Idol, and the winner won a college scholarship and all of America became better spellers? Would you watch it? Would you sign your kid up for it? Would you enter a spelling bee for adults? What if the prize was a scholarship for you kid?

Did you watch the Spelling Bee? What did you think of it? Should it replace American Idol? Or do feel pretty laodicean about the whole thing?

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