Is it just me, or has spelling become cool? Our local newspaper has been following the progress of a local girl competing in the Canadian national spelling bee. The journey of the girl has been front page news, competing side by side for newspaper space with our local junior hockey teamâ€™s playoff run.
Perhaps it all started with Spellbound, a fabulous documentary that followed the journey of 8 kids to the U.S. national Spelling Bee. And it looks like the spelling bee may be getting another mass media shot in the arm with the upcoming release of Akeelah and the Bee, a big budget feature starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishbourne .
Whatever the reason for the spelling bees rise to pop culture prominence, I can’t help but think it’s a great thing when brainiacs get a chance to be cool and have movies made about them. Certainly beats some of the dreck role models (like, oh say Bratz, who used to have a tagline which said “Don’t theorize, accessorize”?) that kids seem to have.