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What's the Key to Ending the Math and Science Teacher Shortage?

The real problem isn't recruiting teachers. It's keeping them in the classroom.

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Despite Spell Check, Interest in Spelling Bees Is Way Up

More kids are participating than ever before, and the words are getting harder. Maybe society does still care about spelling.

Every English teacher I ever had told me spell check would make us a nation who could not care less about developing our spelling abilities. Well, it turns out my teachers were wrong—at least if the popularity of spelling bees is any indication. Since the widespread adoption of spell check technology in the mid-1980s, participation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee is up 74 percent. And the words students are tackling are no joke. The 275 champion spellers gathered in Maryland this week to compete in the 84th annual Bee breezed their way through words like "acetarious" and "pinealectomy" in Tuesday's first round.

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