Jon Bon Jovi: Map out your future, but do it in pencil.
Leslie and I love watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee (shown on ESPN2, of all channels to choose from!) and we’re looking forward to watching the 90th event held in Washington D.C. through Thursday, June 1. I’m especially looking forward to watching the youngest contestant participate. Edith Fuller, from Tulsa, is five years old and is home schooled. When Edith was young (younger than 5?!), her mother asked her to spell “restaurant” and the proof of her spelling aptitude was then known to everyone. Set your DVRs for the thrilling action!
This week, school kids are also participating in the National Geographic Bee, also being held in Washington, D.C. It’s presented by, what else, National Geographic Magazine, and registration is open to schools with students in grades four through eight (4-8). Participating students must be younger than 15 and can participate in the Bee for a total of five years. During their competing years, students may not be enrolled in more than three academic courses at the high school and/or college level. Those kids are smart!
The Bee doesn’t test on just geography. For instance, the Bee study guide suggests that students review topics like:
- The history of music development in Afghanistan, what music means in the country, and different types of traditional and modern music forms and instruments
- Different language and cultural groups across Afghanistan and Pakistan
- The physical features of the British Isles; comparison of maps of language and religious groups of the United Kingdom and Ireland
Holy cow! I’m not sure I could answer many questions on these topics, but I’m going to set my DVR to the NatGeo channel on Friday, May 19 at 8:00 PT/ET to watch the final round. Let’s see how many questions I can answer correctly.
I was watching last week’s Designated Survivor and one line struck me as awkward and rather stupid. Which led me to think about the NatGeo Bee. The actress, clearly located at the White House in Washington, D.C., was telling someone that they needed to get down to North Dakota right away. Wait. Is North Dakota south of D.C.? Someone needs to look at a map of the United States.