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Monday, June 13, 2005

Indian origin kids on roll at Scripps National Spelling Bee(yet again)

By spelling out "appoggiatura" correctly , Anurag Kashyap became yet another kid of Indian origin to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest. The facts are quite amazing..

1) 5 out of 7 occasions this contest was held, it was won by some kid from Indian origin.
2) This year the final three contestants were of Indian Origin.

This pattern seems too regular to be a coincidence. So the obvious question..Why are kids of Indian origin on roll at this pointless(strictly my opinion) game of spellings?

Reasons could be many..but I think we need to thank the immigration laws of US, which through the last decade allowed only "bright" engineers and doctors into USA. So "bright geek genes" are now showing up in these games. But this still does not explain why kids from other immigrant ethnic groups, not show the same kind of dominance as kids of Indian origin do(we are just around 0.66% of the total population).

One explanation could be the type of education or pedagogy we Indians believe in. We stress more upon rote,Memorization. This comes very handy in contests like these. This when combined with the tremendous parental pressure to deliver at a very young age, sets up an ideal platform for someone to excel in such contests.

What ever the reasons be..It has been teriffic performance yet again. Well done Kashyap.


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