For nearly two and a half decades, children of Indian origin have dominated the spelling bee competition. The number of Indian-origin students in America is less than 1%. Yet out of the 300 children who qualify in the finals of this spelling competition every year, more than 20% are of Indian origin. Since 2008, a child of Indian origin has been winning it continuously. In the year 1999, when Nupur Lala became the winner, 13 of the 17 finalists were of Indian descent. Seeing this success of the Indians, the ESPN network, which broadcast the competition live, has also started hosting hosts of Indian origin.
- After all, why is the domination of children of Indian descent?
Experts see several reasons for this. First, the education of Indian children is mainly through the medium of English. Second, there is an emphasis on rote learning. The third reason, parents also emphasize on discipline along with quality education. Since, the early winners of the spelling bee are of Indian origin. Therefore, it is a matter of pride to win this competition every year, but also, the pressure of being the winner also helps the children of Indian descent to win the competition.
- Not only children, how does the family prepare?
It takes a whole family, not only parents, to make their children win the spelling bee. For example, in order to win the competition of a child of Gujarati origin in the earlier times, his grandparents organized a puja in India, fed free food to the poor. There was a parent who hired French, German and Italian teachers to teach his child to come to English from other languages. There was also a contestant who fainted on stage under pressure, but soon recovered and won the championship.
- What is the benefit of winning the competition in the future?
Parents may take pride in hearing new, difficult and sometimes incomprehensible English words from their children, but the debate about the contribution of a spelling bee-like contest to the future is no less. Some say that what is the use of learning such words, which are not used in everyday life. Critics also ridicule this competition by describing it as rote learning. On the contrary, many winners say that winning this competition has helped them to stay disciplined, focus on an issue and increase their knowledge.