It is never pleasant being judged—but always a pleasure to give judgment. Wherefore it gives me the supreme satisfaction of judging the first annual TDSB Multi-high Spelling Bee this Wednesday evening. It will be a night of critical examination: I of the contestants, and guest speakers on the power of the individual.

And the Reckoner will be right with me at the judges’ table: pen in one hand, a mugful of scathing opinion in the other. We will expect to be impressed.