Much publicized by the American reality shows, in spelling bee competitions, the contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of unusal and uncommon words with an increasing level of difficulty in successive rounds. The first National Spelling Bee in US was organized in Washington, D.C. in 1925 in which school children participated. Presently, due to media hype, spelling bee competitions are being imitated in many countries.
I too think that both competition and emphasis on spelling words can masculanize girls and undermine their natural potential of sharing and caring which needs to be equally respected for learning. We need to emphasize cooperation rather competition in learning since it is a social process.
Competitions and emphasis on spelling make girls feelingless brutes. M.F. Moonzajer explains it rightly when he narrates an experience of a sincere lover who says, “I gave her a love letter and she returned it back to me by correcting spelling and punctuation.”
A spelling bee is a competition in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty. The idea of spelling bee has originated in the US, and such events, along with some variants, are now also held in many countries around the world.
The first official spelling bee was organized in Washington, D.C. in 1925. In India, US-based ‘Horizons Unlimited’ organization had held the first official Spelling Bee contest for children in Kerala in 2011. Now, at the school levels, the idea seems to be catching up as we believe in imitating in institutions what is being shown on the TV or YouTube.
However, serious pedagogues, feminists and well-meaning psychologists believe that Spelling Bee is more of a stupid reality show and a trivia contest than a pure academic challenge to learners. They often express that most good writers are good thinking and feeling individuals and often don't happen to be good spellers.