Spelling bees are a useless waste of effort and time. What is the point of putting kids under pressure to spell “alopecoid”? Shouldn’t their time be better spent learning something useful or just playing? I mean if a thirteen year old kid memorizes every word in the dictionaries, is he/she set for life? I wonder where are the spelling bee champions of 10 or 20 years ago. With all the time they spend learning to spell words they’ll never use, they could probably master a second (and third) language. Am I right?