March 17, 2011

Is this really a good idea?

Houston Prepares To Host 1st African American Spelling Bee.

Spelling is an important building block to teaching children how to read. Research shows children who are good spellers become more confident readers. The movie “Akeelah and the Bee” was a heartwarming story however; no African-American child has ever won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in its 85-year history. The African American National Spelling Bee Championships, Inc.’s (“AANSBC”) focus is to get children excited about spelling. The goal is to help African American kids expand their vocabulary, which will make them stronger readers.

It goes on to say that the AANSBC will "will train our children to be able to compete in spelling on a national and international level." That's a laudable goal; however, why have a segregated spelling bee to do this? Won't children have to prepare for the AANSBC too? So, why can't this same preparation be utilized to compete in the Scripps (and other) non-segregated bees?

I'm just getting the same vibe with this as I did with Eric Holder's DOJ mandating that Dayton, Ohio lower the passing score of its Civil Service test so that more African-Americans can pass it. It's a bad idea and sets a poor example.

Posted by Felix at March 17, 2011 09:09 PM | TrackBack

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Yes, the children will have to prepare for the AANSBC and they can choose to go on to compete for a spot in the Scripps spelling bee. The AANSBC is a community organization to give the children the additional tools that they need, in addition to what is taught/not being taught in their schools, and to give them additional encouragement and support. This is our attempt to close an achievement gap that exists between black children and children of other races. The AANSBC will not deny any child who wants to learn spelling. It was created for the benefit of African American children because there is a need. Every community as a need specific ... this is our need. Are you against advancing education to a group of children that need it? I hope not.

Posted by: ilovespelling at April 9, 2011 11:30 PM

The AANSBC will not deny any child who wants to learn spelling.

Except, of course, that it's called "The African American National Spelling Bee Championships," so I'm sure that if ANY child wanted to participate then he/she would be permitted.

Uh huh.

Sorry, but I thought separating races in such instances was supposed to be anathema. And it certainly should be. This is not a good idea.

Posted by: Felix at April 10, 2011 09:43 AM

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