Friday, June 01, 2007

Serrefine, Coryza, and the Tragedy of Clevis

The high drama of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is over for another year, and, as with this year's National Geographic Bee, ends with a victory for a homeschooler, Evan O'Dorney. This year's winner illustrates not only the continuing dominance of homeschoolers--four of the top 15 finishers were homeschooled--but the increasing variation in what "homeschooling" can mean: O'Dorney represented a public independent study/homeschool, Venture School, which appears to be a sort of public umbrella school. Or something.

Best quote:

"My favorite things to do were math and music, and with the math I really like the way the numbers fit together," [O'Dorney] said. "And with the music I like to let out ideas by composing notes - and the spelling is just a bunch of memorization."

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