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A Sad Coomentary on American Schools

 To highlight again the pitiful state of public education in the US, I learned that six out of the last ten winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee were of Indian descent, and several of these were home schooled. Last year’s winner was Sameer Mishra, who correctly spelled “numnah”, a sheepskin used to prevent chafing between horse and saddle. The word is not even in my Microsoft spell checker. To win these contests kids not only have to learn almost every word in the English language, they also have to be knowledgeable of the Greek and Latin root languages. A smattering of Arabic, Dutch, French, Swedish,  and Hindi helps too (the origin of “numnah”).... told the word, the nine year old Sameer said “That’s a relief.” See . This year the event will be disrupted by the demise of several of the sponsoring newspapers, such as the Rocky Mountain News.