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Knaidel? Not kneydel? or kneidel?…
Posted: 05 June 2013 02:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Oecolampadius - 04 June 2013 02:52 PM

Anyway, I like very much lh’s take on this (I just knew that he would comment on this)

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My favorite response

The real scandal is that ‘knaidel’ is singular. Who ever made soup with one matzoh ball? It’s like ordering ‘Spaghettum and meat ball’ at an Italian restaurant.

That’s actually pretty stupid.  Does this person expect a bowl of chicken noodle soup to have one chicken and one noodle?

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Posted: 05 June 2013 03:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Well maybe I am just happy to see young people rewarded for anything that involves the brain

Rote memorization is not a particularly high-level brain function. How about a contest with critical thinking skills at its core?

I can see spelling bees as a fun and educational classroom activity in grades 1-6, but to elevate it to the level that the national spelling bee has risen and to give it to teenagers (who should be focusing on analytical skills) is just inane.

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Posted: 05 June 2013 06:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Fine, I will stop liking it.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/spelling-bee-champion-returns-to-school-a-hero-he,32646/

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Posted: 05 June 2013 08:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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I suspect it would be much trickier to recruit a cadre of judges who are qualified to judge the contestants’ critical thinking skills than it would be to find ones who could competently judge spelling or grammar.  As to the latter, I nominate Nevile Gwynne, who alpears to be infinitely qualified to judge such things.

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Posted: 06 June 2013 06:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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It always amuses me when people feel that their personal liking or disliking of some phenomenon must be elevated to a universal law.

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