Are spelling bees outdated in ‘spell-check’ era?

A New York Times editorial questions whether the spelling bee is an outdated exercise in the face of modern spell-check software. Traditionally, the bee has been a useful tool in grade school education, but more and more, complex linguistic skills are taking precedence. If people are really interested in education, wouldn’t a “definition bee” be more practical in this day and age? The piece argues that memorization of “5 dollar words” might not be the most useful real-world skill for these types of driven kids to learn and master… (Note: This site requires free registration.)

Want to share a great resource? Let us know at